|Birth: ||May 13, 1866|
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
|Death: ||Jun. 28, 1928|
Sixtieth Annual Report of the Association of Graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, June 12, 1929, The Moore Printing Company, Newburgh, New York.
Eben Eveleth Winslow
No. 3282. Class of 1889.
Died June 28, 1928, at Raleigh, Tennessee, aged 62 years.
E. Eveleth Winslow was born in the District of Columbia on May, 13, 1866. He was the only child of Commander W.R. Winslow, United States Navy and his wife, Catherine Eveleth, of Washington, D.C. and a grandson of Admiral John A. Winslow, who commanded the Kearsage in its famous victory over the Alabama.
Eveleth lost his father in early childhood and he grew up in Washington, where his mother lived with her family. There were visits of considerable duration to his grandfather and family at their home in Boston and he was appointed to West Point as a resident of Massachusetts.
At the time of his entrance to the Academy, on June 14, 1885, the candidates were required to report at West Point for the examinations for admission and to be subjected at once to the rigors of military discipline. They were quartered in a part of cadet barracks set aside for them and were under the immediate supervision of cadets of the upper classes detailed by the authorities for the purpose. There was little opportunity for classmates to know one another during their temporary stay in the barracks or during the months of plebe camp that followed, except for those who were assigned to the same company. As we were in different companies I have no recollections of Winslow until after the return of the Class to barracks and the beginning of our academic studies. Then began a friendship that grew closer as time passed, not only during our cadet days but throughout our subsequent careers, circumstances having drawn us together in our duties and in our personal relations.
At the outset of our West Point days it was apparent that our No. 1 man was to be Daddy Winslow. Not alone in mathematics, in which his ability amounted to genius, did he excel, but his alert mind and retentive memory assimilated with apparent ease all the subjects included in the curriculum. His record on graduation showed that he had been first in every branch of study except chemistry and law, in both of which he was second and in drawing, in which he was seventh. And this in spite of a serious accident in the riding hall in his second class year, which prevented him from attending recitations for almost the entire second term. While possessed of such exceptional mental endowments, he was always the most human, modest and unassuming of men and he occupied a warm place in the affection of his classmates, who took pride in the distinction his achievements brought to the class.
After graduation on June 12, 1889, he was assigned as additional second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers and he passed through all the intermediate steps to the rank of Colonel, which he reached on May 15, 1917. On August 5, 1917, he was appointed Brigadier General in the National Army, which rank he held until February 6, 1919, when on account of the disbanding of that emergency organization he reverted to his regular grade in the permanent establishment. During the thirty-three years of his active service his duties were of the character of those usually assigned to officers of his arm of the service and his rank from time to time, including various river, harbor and fortification work throughout the country and during two periods assistant instructor and instructor of practical military engineering at West Point and service with Company E, Battalion of Engineers. He was with that Company during the war with Spain and with it participated in the Battle of San Juan, July 2, 1898. He commanded the Company in the field after August 1, 1898 and until after its return to West Point. Between November 1, 1906 and August 1, 1907, he was Commandant of the Engineer School, instructor of military engineering and in command of the Post of Washington Barracks. During this service he prepared a series of lectures on permanent fortifications that were a valuable contribution to the literature of the subject. They were published as a professional paper of the School. From November 1908, to April 1911, he was commanding post at Fort DeRussey, Honolulu, in charge of river, harbor, fortification and lighthouse works and he commanded the first Battalion of Engineers until May 1909 and then the Second Battalion to April 1911. During this period, he built the great fortification works at Fort DeRussey, Fort Ruger and Pearl Harbor. From April 25, 1911 to September 20, 1914, his principal duty was the design of the fortifications of the Panama Canal. He was then detailed as Assistant to the Chief of Engineers at Washington, D.C., in charge of fortifications and other military matters until July 10, 1919.
All the duties with which he was entrusted throughout his career were performed with the zeal, thoroughness and ability that were to be anticipated from the brilliancy of his record as a cadet. He early acquired and always maintained the highest reputation as an engineer officer, not only in Army circles, but with civilians and those in public life with whom his duties brought him in contact. Circumstances and bent of mind combined to make him specialize in seacoast fortification work and in this important branch he became a recognized authority, a fact attested by his selection to design the Panama Canal fortifications.
During the World War he had among other duties the charge of the military section of the Office of the Chief of Engineers, including the procurement of personnel and equipment and the organization and training of engineer units for service overseas. In recognition of the value of his services in this connection he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.
In the physical examinations conducted at this period he was discovered to have a dangerously high blood pressure and was pronounced unavailable for overseas service. In spite of his bitter disappointment in this regard and of his impaired health, he gave himself devotedly and unremittingly to his duties in the office of the Chief of Engineers, with the inevitable result of further physical impairment. When the cessation of hostilities brought relief from the stress of his duties he failed to improve and he was ordered to the Walter Reed Hospital for observation and treatment. No hope of improvement in his health was held out at that institution and he was retired from active service on account of physical disability incurred in line of duty on November 1, 1922. Thereafter he grew gradually and progressively worse, although for several years he was able to lead a fairly active life. He died at his home in Raleigh, Tennessee, on June 28, 1928.
The foregoing statement of Winslow's professional career leaves untouched his serene and happy personal life. He married Miss Anne Goodwin of Raleigh, Tennessee, in October 1900 and from this union were born two children: a son, W. Randolph Winslow, now a Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers and a daughter, Miss Mary B. [Blythe] Winslow [(1903-1995): married to Charles S. Chapman in 1938]. His absorption in promoting the happiness of his wife and children, on whom he bestowed his constant thought and affection, together with his loyalty to his friends and his devotion to his widowed mother throughout her lifetime, were qualities that endeared him to all who had the privilege of his intimate acquaintance, in no less degree than did his exceptional ability command their admiration. His works will keep secure his fame and memory of him will linger to the end in the minds and hearts of all who knew him.
William Randolph Winslow (1844 - 1869)
Catherine Eveleth Winslow (1845 - 1904)
Ann Goodwin Winslow (1875 - 1959)
William Randolph Winslow (1901 - 1945)*
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Section 4E, Site 2661.
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Record added: Nov 09, 2009
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