Delafield, Richard, 1798-1873

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Military engineer in the United States Army Engineer Corps.

From the description of Richard Delafield papers, 1846-1862. (New York University, Group Batchload). WorldCat record id: 58781781

Richard Delafield (1798-1873) was a Major General in the U.S. Army. A military engineer, he was Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Chief of Engineers.

Born in New York City, Delafield graduated from West Point in 1818 and embarked on a 48-year career in the United States military. He served twice as superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and was engineer on the construction of many fortifications and coastal defenses,. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he served under Major General Edwin D. Morgan, helping to organize and equip New York State forces for combat and to superintend the defensive installations for New York City. In 1864 he was named a brigadier general and Chief of Engineers, a post he filled until his retirement in 1866.

Delafield was married twice: first to Helen Summers and then after her death to Harriet Covington, daughter of General E. M. Covington.

From the guide to the Richard Delafield Letterbook, 1846-1849, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

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creatorOf Adams, J. (Jasper), 1793-1841. Papers. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
referencedIn Delafield, Lewis L. (Lewis Livingston), 1834-1883. Letterpress copybook, 1866 March 23-1870 Sept. 12. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Smithsonian Archives. Spencer F. Baird Papers (Mc 2000.11).
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIe. 1845-1865. American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Smithsonian Archives. Ru 305: U.S. National Museum Accession Records.
referencedIn Palfrey Family of New England. Palfrey family papers. 1713-1915. Houghton Library
referencedIn James Henry Coffin Papers, 1848-1884 Smithsonian Institution Archives
referencedIn Smithsonian Archives. William Jones Rhees Collection.
creatorOf Delafield, Richard, 1798-1873. Papers. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
referencedIn National Archives And Records Administration. Rg 77: Chief Of Engineers.
referencedIn Philip Case Lockwood memorial collection of Civil War portraits and autographs, 1862-ca. 1886. Houghton Library
referencedIn Princeton University Library, Mudd Ms. Lib, Univ. Archives. John Maclean Papers.
referencedIn SIA RU000026, Smithsonian Institution Office of the Secretary, Correspondence, 1863-1879 Smithsonian Institution Archives
creatorOf Delafield, Richard, 1798-1873. [Map of an area between the cities of Laredo and Eagle Pass along the left bank of the Rio Grande]. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
creatorOf Delafield, Richard, 1798-1873. Survey of Ringgold Barracks made geometrically in October 1853 ... / by Richard Delafield, Maj. of Engineers ; measurements by Serjeant Foster ... [et al.]. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
creatorOf Delafield, Richard, 1798-1873. Richard Delafield papers, 1846-1862. New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Delafield, Richard, 1798-1873. Plan of a field work designed for the defence of a depot at Brownsville, Texas / in comformity with the orders of the War Department communicated to Genl P.F. Smith, commanding the 8th Military Department, to whom it is now respectully submitted ; by Richd Delafield, Maj. of Engineers ; approved . Persifor F. Smith. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
creatorOf Raymond, Samuel H., 1822-1845. Papers, 1842-1845. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
creatorOf Delafield, Richard, 1798-1873. Plan of Lake Champlain and Lake George and of their connection with the River Saint Lawrence / from Major Roberdean's original survey ; by Richard Delafield. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
creatorOf Delafield, Richard, 1798-1873. Survey of a position on the Rio Grande opposite the mouth of the Escondida, made to ascertain its suitability for a defensive depot for the Mexican and Indian Frontier / by Richd Delafield. New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Delafield, Richard, 1798-1873. [Plan of a field work designed for the defence of a depot at Brownsville, Texas]. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
referencedIn National Archives And Records Administration. Rg 46: United States Senate.
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part III: The Civil War: The Union, 1804-1915. Houghton Library
referencedIn Waggaman, George G., 1815-1884. Document. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
creatorOf Bartlett, William Holmes Chambers, 1804-1893. Report on the observations of Europe, 1841. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
referencedIn Smithsonian Archives. Ru 33: Office Of The Secretary, Outgoing Corres..
creatorOf French, J. W. (John William), 1810?-1871. Papers. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
creatorOf Delafield, Richard, 1798-1873. [West Point Iron Chain]. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
creatorOf Delafield, Richard, 1798-1873. [Map of boundaries asserted by the city of Brownsville, Texas] / copied by Rich:d Delafield ; from [a map] loaned by Judge Dunlap. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
creatorOf United States Military Academy. Library. Papers. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
creatorOf Delafield, Richard, 1798-1873. Survey of Ringgold Barracks made geometrically in October 1853 ... / by Richard Delafield, Maj. of Engineers ; measurements by Serjeant Foster ... [et al.]. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
referencedIn Smithsonian Archives. Ru 7001 (Henry) Or Ru 7053 (Bache) Per Author.
creatorOf Richard Delafield Letterbook, 1846-1849 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
creatorOf Brewerton, Henry, 1801-1879. Autograph telegram signed : Fort Monroe, to Gen. Delafield, 1864 Nov. 7. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Hatch, John Porter, 1822-1901. Correspondence. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
creatorOf Duane, James C. Letterbooks of J.C. Duane, 1864-1865. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Waggaman, George G., 1816-1884. Letter, 1840 March 25, West Point, N.Y. [to] Major R. Delafield. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
referencedIn Records of the U.S. Coast Guard. 1785-2005.
referencedIn Photographic Portrait File The Huntington Library
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associatedWith Constantine, John. person
associatedWith Constantine, Levi, person
associatedWith Cunard, Samuel, 1787-1865. person
associatedWith Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889. person
associatedWith Dearborn, Frederick M. (Frederick Myers), b. 1876 person
associatedWith Delafield, Albert person
associatedWith Delafield, Lewis L. (Lewis Livingston), 1834-1883. person
associatedWith Downing, Andrew J. person
associatedWith Duane, James C. person
associatedWith French, J. W. (John William), 1810?-1871. person
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correspondedWith Jenkins, Thornton A. person
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correspondedWith Lockwood, Philip Case, 1844-1897 person
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associatedWith Marcy, William L. (William Learned), 1786-1857. person
associatedWith Mason, John Y. (John Young), 1799-1859. person
associatedWith McClellan, George Brinton, 1826-1885. person
associatedWith Mcdowell, General person
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associatedWith Wallach, Richard, Hon. person
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Rio Grande City
Rio Grande City (Tex.)
New York (N.Y.)
Texas--Brownsville
Texas
Saint Lawrence River
Vermont
Rio Grande City (Tex.)
Fort Schuyler (N.Y.)
Rio Grande Valley
Rio Grande Valley
Brownsville (Tex.)
New York (State)--New York
United States
George, Lake (N.Y. : Lake)
Fort Ann (N.Y.)
New York (N.Y.)
Fort Wood (N.Y.)
St. Johns Fort (Québec)
Rio Grande Valley
Texas
Fort LaFayette (N.Y.)
New York (State)
Texas--Brownsville
Fort Hamilton (N.Y.)
Brownsville (Tex.)
Texas--Rio Grande City
Crown Point (N.Y.)
Fort Chambly (Chambly, Québec)
Laredo (Tex.)
Rio Grande Valley
Hudson River (N.Y. and N.J.)
Fort Brown (Brownsville, Tex.)
Fort Richmond (N.Y.)
Texas--Eagle Pass
Point au Fer (Québec)
Québec
Nile (Mich.)
New York (State)
Brownsville (Tex.)
Fort Brown (Brownsville, Tex.)
Texas--Brownsville
Fort Ringgold (Tex.)
Fort Ringgold (Tex.)
Champlain, Lake
New York Harbor (N.Y. and N.J.)
Rio Grande Valley
Texas
Rio Grande Valley
Rio Grande Valley
Rio Grande Valley
New York (N.Y.)
Québec (Province)
Richelieu River (N.Y. and Vt.-Québec)
Eagle Pass (Tex.)
Texas--Fort Ringgold
New York (State)--New York
Fort William Henry (N.Y.)
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Wilkes Expedition
Meteorology
Wetlands--Maps
Congress
National Museum
Roads--Maps
Natural history
Smithsonian Institution
Magnetism, Terrestrial
Physical geography
Military engineering
New York State
Surveys And Explorations, General
Smithsonian Publications
Streams--Maps
Fortification
Buildings--Maps
Smithsonian Library
Geology
Military engineers--United States
Crimean War, 1853-1856
Smithsonian Building
Fortification--Maps
Telegraph
Military history
Architecture
Military camps--Maps
Inland navigation--Maps
Civil war
Harbors
Magnetism
Mechanics
Light House Board
Smithsonian Board Of Regents
District of columbia
Henry, Joseph, Personality, Etc
President Of United States
Smithsonian Endowment
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Birth 1798-09-01

Death 1873-11-05

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