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Re: Peter Smith Michie (1839-1901)
Posted by: Warren B. Wood Date: November 05, 2001 at 13:04:43
In Reply to: Re: Michie Stadium--Dennis Mahon Michie by Warren B. Wood of 340

Again, I answered my own question, sort of.

Per one source, Peter Smith Michie, father of Dennis Mahon Michie (for whom West Point's Michie Staduim was named), was born in Scotland in 1839 and died in 1901 while still a professor at West Point. Per <www.scots-in-the-civil-war.net/michie.htm>, Peter Smith Michie "settled as a child in Ohio, he received his appointment from that state and was number two in the class of 1863 at the military academy. Accordingly he was assigned to the engineers and his assignments included:- 1st Lieutenant, Engineers (June 11 1863), Lieutenant Colonel and Assistant Adjutant General (March 23 - June 6 1865) and Captain, Engineers (November 23 1865). His early service [in the Civil War] came in operations against Charleston and in Florida. Joining Butler's command in Virginia, he was soon placed in charge of the Dutch Gap canal. ... [T]he project was not completed in time to affect the security of Richmond, the city having already fallen. However Michie was brevetted Brigadier General for his work in front of Richmond and Petersburg in 1864.

"After the war he performed routine engineering duties until 1871 when he became professor in philosophy at his alma mater. He served for the three decades until his death. He also engaged in writing Military History and was the author of biographies on Emory Upton, George B McClellan and a collective work on coastal defences. He also wrote on scientific subjects."


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