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army officer

James Hervey Simpson, American army officer. Served with Topographical Engineers, United States Army, on road construction in East and South, 1838-1860.

Background

Simpson, James Hervey was born on March 9, 1813 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States. Son of John Neely and Mary (Brunson) Simpson.

Education

Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1832.

Career

Served with Topographical Engineers, United States Army, on road construction in East and South, 1838-1860. Commissioned captain, 1853, major, 1861. Chief Topographical Engineers in Shenandoah and Ohio departments 1861-1863.

In charge fortifications and projects in Kentucky, 1863-1865. Brevetted colonel and brigadier general, 1865. Chief engineer Department of Interior, 1865-1867, in charge of direction of United Pacific Railroad and government wagonroads.

Author reports including: The Shortest Route to California, 1869. Coronado’s March in Search of the Seven Cities of Cibola, 1871.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author reports including: The Shortest Route to California, 1869. Coronado’s March in Search of the Seven Cities of Cibola, 1871.

Membership

Served with Topographical Engineers, United States Army, on road construction in East and South, 1838-1860.

Connections

Married Jane Champlin. Married second, Elizabeth (Borup) Champlin, 1871.

father:
John Neely Simpson

mother:
Mary (Brunson) Simpson

spouses:
Jane Champlin

Elizabeth