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Col George Henry Mendell

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Col George Henry Mendell

Birth
Youngstown, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 19 Oct 1902 (aged 71)
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Burial Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA
Plot Section D
Memorial ID 12246114 View Source

Civil War Union Army Officer. Graduating from West Point in 1852, Mendell was assigned to the Topographical Engineers as a brevet second lieutenant. He would be assigned to numerous road, railroad, and lake surveys on the Western frontier until 1859, when he was sent back to teach at West Point as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy. By the time of the Civil War, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and in 1863, assigned to the army Corps of Engineers. In August 1864, he was promoted to the rank of major and brevet Lieutenant Colonel and was assigned to being in charge of the construction of the defenses of Baltimore. Brevetted Colonel in 1865, he was sent to Massachusetts to supervise the construction of coastal defenses. In 1867 he was sent to California to supervise the construction of more coastal defenses, as well as clearing obstacles from San Francisco Bay. In 1879 he was promoted to the rank of Lt. Colonel and was later promoted to Colonel in 1886. He retired at the rank of Colonel in 1895.He served as President of the Board of Public Works in San Francisco from the end of 1899 until his death in 1902 from pneumonia at the age of 71. Battery Mendell in San Francisco is named in his honor.

Mendell joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and served with a variety of topographical surveys before the Civil War, including the survey of the Northwestern Lakes (1852-1854) and various posts in the Oregon and Washington Territory (1855-1858). He was also an assistant professor at the U.S. Military Academy from 1859-1863. During the Civil War he served under Colonel Miles in the Manassas Campaign (1861) and carried on siege operations in the Petersburg, Virginia area (1864); was Assistant Engineer of Defenses of Baltimore (1864); and was Superintending Engineer of the construction of the Defenses of New Bedford Harbor, Massachusetts (1865) and the Preservation of Plymouth Beach, Massachusetts (1866). He was made a Colonel for his war service in 1865 and subsequently became superintending
engineer in charge of fortifications of Alcatraz Island and Lime Point, San Francisco Harbor (beginning 1867) and for defenses of the Columbia River (1867-1871). He later served on the board of engineers for fortifications of the Pacific Coast (1867-1886); on the commission for a system of irrigation for the San Joaquin, Tulare, and Sacramento Valleys (1873-1874);
was Supervising Engineer of Districts in California, Oregon, and Washington in charge of junior officers (1884-1888); was Division Engineer for Inspection of Engineer Works in the Pacific territory (beginning in 1888); was Division Engineer of the Pacific Division (until 1895); and was in charge of construction of defenses of San Francisco Harbor (1890-1895). In civilian
life he worked as Engineer to the Water Commissioners of San Francisco (1876-1878), was the author of a report on water supply for San Francisco (1877), and was Consulting Engineer for the State of California (1878-1880). Mendell retired from the Engineering Corps due to mandatory age requirements in 1895.

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