MG William Murray Black, Sr

MG William Murray Black, Sr

Birth
Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 24 Sep 1933 (aged 77)
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Burial West Point, Orange County, New York, USA
Plot Section C, Site 23.
Memorial ID 59224614 · View Source
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USMA Class of 1877. Major General. Chief of Engineers from 1917 to 1919.

Murray-Wilson compiled by Samuel Wilson Murray, Milton, Pennsylvania, October 1900.
William Murray Black
William Murray Black, born at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, December 8, 1855. Educated at public schools until 1870, when he graduated high school, Lancaster; Franklin and Marshall College until March 1873. Entered United States Military Academy June 1873 and graduated at the head of his class in June 1877. Commissioned Second Lieutenant, Corps of Engineers, United States Army. Served at West Point for two months and at the Engineer School at Willets Point, Long Island, where he was under instruction and in duty with Company C, Battalion of Engineers, until March 1880, being in command of the company for the last year.

In March 1880, promoted to First Lieutenant, Corps of Engineers, on duty on River and Harbor Works at Charleston, Kanawha, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as assistant to Lieutenant Colonels Craighill and Merrill, Major Ludlow and General Weitzel, Corps of Engineers, respectively, from March 1880 until August 1882. August 1882 to January 1886 on duty at West Point, New York, as Assistant Instructor of Practical Military Engineering and with Company E, Battalion of Engineers. January 1886 to November 1891 on duty at Jacksonville and St. Augustine, Florida, for the first four months as assistant to Captain William T. Rossell, Corps of Engineers and later in charge of the river and harbor improvements and fortifications of the Florida District. Promoted Captain, Corps of Engineers, December 31, 1886. November 1891 to August 1895 on duty at United States Engineers’ School, Willets Point, New York as Instructor of Civil Engineering and commanding Company C, Battalion of Engineers. August 1895 to March 1897 stationed at Washington D.C., as Assistant to Chief of Engineers, in charge of the Division of Personnel and Fortifications, Office Chief of Engineers. March 1897 to May 1898, Commissioner of the District of Columbia. May 1898 promoted to Major, Corps of Engineers and appointed Lieutenant Colonel, Chief Engineer United States Volunteers, assigned to duty with 3rd Corps at Camp Thomas, Chickamauga Park and later served as Chief Engineer on the staff of the Major General commanding the army at Tampa and in the expedition to Porto Rico, being in command of the advance guard which captured the town of Guanica, Porto Rico, where the first landing was made. In November 1898, transferred to temporary duty in the Office of the Chief of Engineers, Washington D.C. and in December 1898, ordered to Havana, Cuba as Chief Engineer, Department of Havana on the staff of General Ludlow. In January 1900, made Chief Engineer, Division of Cuba, on staff of General Wood. Had charge of the work cleaning Havana and of organizing a modern department of public works for that city.

In 1888 he became a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and in 1893 was awarded the Rowland prize by that society, for his paper on The Improvement of Harbors on the South Atlantic Coast of the United States. Author of The United States Public Works, a volume descriptive of engineering methods, published by John Wiley & Sons in 1895.

In 1877 he was married to Daisy Peyton Derby, daughter of the late Captain George H. Derby, Corps of Engineers, United States Army and Mary Ann Coons, of St. Louis, Missouri, who died in the spring of 1889. In September 1891, he married Gertrude Totten Gamble, daughter of the late Commander William Marshall Gamble, United States Navy, retired and Eliza Canfield, of Morristown, New Jersey. There are three sons, Roger Derby Black, born at West Point, New York, January 18, 1883; Percy Gamble Black, born at Willets Point, New York, September 7, 1893 and William Murray Black Jr., born at Washington, D.C., July 3, 1897.


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  • Created by: SLGMSD
  • Added: 26 Sep 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 59224614
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for MG William Murray Black, Sr (8 Dec 1855–24 Sep 1933), Find A Grave Memorial no. 59224614, citing United States Military Academy Post Cemetery, West Point, Orange County, New York, USA ; Maintained by SLGMSD (contributor 46825959) .