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War Department Topographical Bureau, 1831-1863 : an administrative history

Author: Garry D Ryan
Publisher: 1968.
Dissertation: Ph. D. American University 1968
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : Manuscript   Archival Material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Describes the history of the War Department Topographical Bureau, from its establishment as an independent War Dept. organization in June 1831 to its merger into the Engineer Department in March 1863. An administrative convenience for the whole of its thirty two years, the Corps of Topographical Engineers planned, supervised, and regulated operations and activities of the small number of officers who performed a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Garry D Ryan
OCLC Number: 57238938
Reproduction Notes: Photocopy. Ann Arbor, Mich. : University Microfilms, 2004. 23 cm.
Description: [ii], 360 leaves ; 28 cm
Contents: Beginnings, 1775-1818 --
Topographical Bureau of the Engineer Department, 1818-1829 --
A bureau of internal improvements, 1829-1838 --
The bureau in peace and war, 1838-1848 --
The bureau in decline, 1848-1860 --
Bureau personnel, 1838-1861 --
The office and office practices --
Field offices --
Relations with the military establishment --
The end of the bureau.
Responsibility: by Garry David Ryan.

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Describes the history of the War Department Topographical Bureau, from its establishment as an independent War Dept. organization in June 1831 to its merger into the Engineer Department in March 1863. An administrative convenience for the whole of its thirty two years, the Corps of Topographical Engineers planned, supervised, and regulated operations and activities of the small number of officers who performed a variety of duties across America. Topographical engineers explored and mapped the Western territories, removed sand bars, silt deposits, and dredged rivers, deepened harbors and ports, surveyed railroad lines and canal routes, provided topographical surveys and supervised the construction of roads, bridges, lighthouses.

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