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Edward Griffin Beckwith
Birth: Jun. 25, 1818
Death: Jun. 22, 1881

Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. He was born in Cazenovia, New York. He graduated 13th in the West Point class of 1842. He fought in the Mexican War at Tampico and Vera Cruz and was involved in exploration of the western United States in 1853 to 1854 for the first transcontinental railroad. This was known as the 38th Parallel Pacific Railroad Survey. He was responsible for important maps that were drawn during this journey, also drawn were never before seen illustrations of the western United States. He played an important role in providing a corridor through the West. He became known as the "Explorer of the Central Rockies." Later he served as Chief of Commissary of the 5th Army Corps in the Union army. In this position, he was in charge of supplying General Nathaniel Banks's Louisiana expedition. He was Provost Marshall General of the Department of the Gulf in 1863. Was in command of the defences of New Orleans from August 25, 1863, through January 12, 1864. He also served in the beginning of his command as Chief Commissary of the department until a new chief could arrive. He received the rank of Brevet Brigadier General in 1865 for faithful and meritorious services during the war. In postwar years he was on duty in the Subsistence Department. He would later retire to his native New York, dying in Clifton. (bio by: Ugaalltheway) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Cornelia Beckwith (1828 - 1911)*
 
 Children:
  Madeline Julia Beckwith (1852 - 1935)*
 
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Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 3, Grave 1922
 
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Record added: Nov 21, 2001
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Edward Griffin Beckwith
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- R I P
 Added: Jun. 25, 2014
Sir, Thank You sir for your service, this is coming from the 5 Miller brothers who also proudly served Our Country.
- Robert David Miller
 Added: Dec. 18, 2013

- Doug Lind
 Added: Oct. 22, 2013
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