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army officer

Nathaniel Michler, American army officer.


Michler, Nathaniel was born on September 13, 1827 in Easton, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Peter S. and Miss (Hart) Michler.


Attended Lafayette College, 1841-1844. Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1848.


Brevetted Second lieutenant, Topographical Engineers, United States Army, made surveys and reconnaissances in Texas, New Mexico, 1848-1851. Second in command Lieutenant, 1854, First lieutenant, 1856. Chief topographical engineer in charge of surveys for a canal extending from Gulf of Darien to Pacific Ocean, 1857-1860.

In charge of running boundary line between Maryland. and Virginia, 1858-1861. Became captain with armies of Ohio and Cumberland, 1861-1863. Then on survey of Harpers Ferry.

Attached to Army of the Potomac, 1863-1865, in charge of topographical department, engaged in making various reconnaissances and building of defensive works connected with battles of Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg. Commissioned major Corps. Engineer, 1864, brevetted lieutenant colonel, 1864, brevetted colonel for services at Battle of Petersburg, brigadier general for services during Civil War, 1865.

Engaged in selecting site for presidential mansion and public park, preparing plans for new War Department building, 1866-1867. Superintendent public buildings and grounds, 1867-1871, had charge of survey of Potomac River and repairing Fort Foote, Maryland. Lighthouse engineer on Pacific Coast, 1871-1876.

Proposed canal connecting Coquille River with Coos Bay (Oregon). Superintended river and harbor improvements on Lake Erie, 1876-1878. Military attache of the United States legation, Vienna, Austria, 1879.

Engaged in river and harbor work for New York and New Jersey, 1880-1881.


Married Fannie Kirkland. Married second, Sallie Hollingsworth, February 12, 1861.

Peter S. Michler

Miss (Hart) Michler

Fannie Kirkland

Sallie Hollingsworth