Beckwith, E. G. (Edward Griffin), 1818-1881

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Birth 1818-06-25
Death 1881-06-22

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Edward Griffin Beckwith, (1818-1881), U.S. Army officer. In 1849-1855, he served in the New Mexico Territory. In 1853, following the death of John Williams Gunnison, he was assigned to complete the Central Pacific Railroad survey. During the Civil War, he served as chief of Commissariat for the Dept. of Pennsylvania (1861), of the Shenandoah, of the 5th Army Corps (1862), of the Army of Virginia (1862), Banks' Red River Expedition, and of the of the Gulf (1862-1865). He was promoted to Major and brevetted Brigadier-General. After the war he remained in the Army and served in the Subsistence Department.

In 1850, Beckwith married Cornelia Williamson Beckwith. Their only daughter Nelly married Rear Admiral Charles Eben Fox (1851-1916), son of John Lawrence Fox.

John Laurence Fox (1811-1864), Surgeon of the U.S. Navy, graduated from Amherst College (1831), and received his M.D. from Harvard in 1835. Appointed assistant surgeon of the U.S. Navy in 1837 and promoted to Surgeon in 1847, he served on the Porpoise and the Viencennes of the U.S. Exploring Expedition (1838-1842), the USS Cumberland during its voyage to the Mediterranean (1843-1845), the USS Yorktown - part of the African Squadron deployed to Western Africa to curtail the slave trade (1847-1850), and USS Mississippi, the flagship of Matthew C. Perry 's voyage to the Far East (1857-1859). Since 1843, Fox also worked at Chelsea Marine hospital where he spent the first two years of the Civil War. In September 1863, he was assigned to the USS Niagara and remained there until his appointment to the post of the Fleet Surgeon with the North Atlantic Blockade Squadron. He died in Roxbury, Mass. on Dec. 17, 1864.

From the description of Papers of Edward Griffin Beckwith and John Laurence Fox, 1805-1909 (bulk 1837-1865). (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122499739


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