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William Ludlow, American military officer.


Ludlow, William was born on November 27, 1843 in Riverside, Islip, Long Island, New York, United States. Son of William Handy and Frances Louisa (Nicoll) Ludlow.


Educated Burlington College, New Jersey, and New York University, 1853-1860. Graduate West Point, June 20, 1864. Commissioned First lieutenant, corps of engrs.


Chief engineer 20th army corps, under Generals Hooker and Slocum, in Atlanta campaign, 1864. Chief engineer, left wing General Sherman’s army in Savannah, and the Carolinas campaign, 1864-1865. Commanding Company E, engineer battalion, Jefferson barracks, Missouri, 1865-1867.

Captain engrs. United States of America, March 7, 1867. Chief engineer, Department of Dak., in Black Hills and Yellowstone expeditions. In charge of various works of fortifications, rivers and harbors, on Atlantic coast from New York to St. Augustine, Florida.

Chief engineer Philadelphia water department by election of city councils and special joint resolution of Congress, 1883-1886. Major engrs., June 30, 1882. Engineer secretary light house board, Washington, 1882.

Engineer commissioner of District of Columbia, 1886-1888. Charge river and harbor and light house work on Great Lakes, 1888-1893. Military attache United States Embassy, London, 1893-1896.

Lieutenant colonel engrs., August 13, 1895. President United States Nicaragua Canal Commission, 1895. Brigadier general, United States.V., May 4, 1898.

Chief engineer armies in the field, May, 1898. Commanding 1st brigade, 2d div., Shafter’s corps, Santiago campaign. Battles of Caney and San Juan and investment of Santiago June-September, 1898.

Major general United States.V., September 7, 1898. President of the board to organize Army Sea Transport Service, September-October, 1898. Military governor Havana, December 12, 1898, to May 1, 1900.

Commanding department Havana, December 1898-May 1, 1900. Brigadier general United States of America, January 21, 1900. President War College Board, from May 1, 1900.


Married Genevieve Almira Sprigg, 1866.

William Handy Ludlow

Frances Louisa (Nicoll) Ludlow

Genevieve Almira Sprigg