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Engineer , army officer

Joseph Dana Webster, American engineer, army officer. member Chicago Sewerage Commission, 1855.


Webster, Joseph Dana was born on August 25, 1811 in Hampton, New Hampshire, United States. Son of Josiah and Elizabeth (Wright) Webster.


Graduate Dartmouth, 1832.


Entered government service as civil engineer, 1835. Second in command Lieutenant Topographical Engineers, United States Army, 1838, First lieutenant, 1849, captain, 1853. Resigned, 1854; engaged in manufacturing farming implements, Chicago.

Member Chicago Sewerage Commission, 1855. Major, paymaster in the United States Volunteers, 1861. Commissioned colonel 1st Illinois Light Artillery.

Chief of staff under United States Grant, in charge of all military rys. in Grant’s area. Commissioned brigadier general United States Volunteers, 1862 chief of staff under General William T. Sherman a Battle of Nashville. Brevetted major general volunteers 1865.

Resigned commission, 1865. Assessor internal revenue, 1869-1872. Assistant treasurer United States, 1872-1875.

Collector internal revenue, 1875-1876.


Member Chicago Sewerage Commission, 1855.


Married Miss Wright, 1844, at least 3 children.

Josiah Webster

Elizabeth (Wright) Webster

Miss Wright