Duane, James, BGEN

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Last Rank
Brigadier General
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Engineer Officer-General
Last MOS Group
Engineer Corps (Officer)
Primary Unit
1865-1888, Engineer Officer, US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
Service Years
1844 - 1888


Brigadier General

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Schenectady, NY

Date of Passing
Nov 08, 1897
Location of Interment
Schenectady Memorial Park - Schenectady , New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section M-3, Landon Plot, Lot 7

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Grand Army of the Republic Badge

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
West Point Association of Graduates
  1848, West Point Association of Graduates

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James Chatham Duane

Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. An 1848 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, he was assigned to the Engineer Corps, and would serve as an army engineer for the next forty years.

In 1852 he was assigned to West Point as an Assistant Professor of Military Engineering, serving in that role for two years. In 1858 he was part of the United States Army Expeditionary force led by Colonel (and later Civil War Confederate general) Albert Sidney Johnston against the Mormons in Utah.

When the Civil War began he was promoted to Captain, US Regular Army, and led engineering battalion in the Union's Army of the Potomac. At the beginning of 1863 he was assigned as Chief Engineer for the Department of the South, serving untul June 1863. In that month, he was transferred back to the Army of the Potomac, and assigned as it's Chief Engineer while the amry was in the midst of the Gettysburg Campaign.

He would serve in this duty through the rest of the war, and was present when the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia surrendered at Appomattox, Virginia in April 1865. On March 13, 1865 he was brevetted Brigadier General, US Regular Army for "gallant and meritorious services during the siege of Petersburg, Va., and in the campaign terminating with the surrender of the insurgent army under General Robert E. Lee".

He remained in the post-war Regular army, rising to the rank of Brigadier General, and serving as the United States Army's Chief Engineer from 1886 until he retired in 1888.

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1844, US Military Academy (West Point, NY)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Military Academy West Point (Staff-USMA)Army of the PotomacUnion ArmyUS Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
  1852-1854, HHC, Office of the Commandant, United States Corps of Cadets, United States Military Academy
  1861-1863, Army of the Potomac
  1863-1863, Department of the South
  1863-1865, Army of the Potomac
  1865-1888, Engineer Officer, US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1861-1865 Civil War
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1844-1848, United States Military Academy
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