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|Size||5.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1,000 items)|
|Abstract||Harley Bascom Ferguson, of Waynesville, N.C., graduated from West Point in 1897 and served in the United States Army Corps of Engineers, retiring in 1939 as a major general. The collection includes papers pertaining to Ferguson's domestic and foreign military assignments, particularly to service in the China Relief Expedition, 1901; the raising of the U.S.S. "Maine" in Havana harbor, Cuba, 1910-1911; and flood control on the Mississippi River, 1932-1939. There also is information on his World War I service as a general of engineers in France and commander of the Newport News (Va.) port of embarkation, and his work with industrial mobilization in the office of Assistant Secretary of War Dwight Filley Davis, 1921-1927.|
|Creator||Ferguson, Harley Bascom, b. 1875.|
|Curatorial Unit||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.|
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Harley Bascom Ferguson (1875-1968), of Waynesville, N.C., graduated from West Point in 1897 and served in the United States Army Corps of Engineers. During his military service he was stationed in Cuba, 1898; the Phillippines, 1899; and as chief engineer of the China Relief Expedition, 1900, of the Boxer War. He was also district engineer in Montgomery, Ala., 1907-1909; the executive officer in charge of the U.S.S. "Maine" in Havana harbor, 1910-1911; and district engineer in Milwaukee, Wis., 1913-1916. During World War I, he served in France as brigadier general and chief engineer of the 2nd Army, and on his return commanded the Newport News (Va.) port of embarkation. He was district engineer in Pittsburg, Pa., in 1920. He was in charge of organization of industrial mobilization, working with the assitant secretary of war, Dwight F. Davis, and served as director of the Army Industrial College, 1921-1927. He also served as division engineer of Gulf Division, New Orleans, La., 1928; of the Ohio River Division, 1928-1930; and of the South Atlantic Division, Norfolk, Va., 1930-1932. From 1932 until his retirement as major general in 1939, he was division engineer of the Lower Mississippi River Division and president of the Mississippi River Commission, with headquarters in Vicksburg, Miss. He was a member of special engineering boards concerned with rivers and harbors, 1930-1932; the St. Lawrence Waterway, 1930-1931; Muscle Shoals; the Delaware River; the Lexington Dam; the mouth of the Columbia River; and the mouth of the Mississippi River.Back to Top
The collection includes papers pertaining to Ferguson's military assignments in the United States Army Corps of Engineers, particularly to service in the China Relief Expediton, 1901; the raising of the U.S.S. "Maine" in Havana harbor, 1910- 1911; and flood control on the Mississippi River, 1932-1939. There also is information on his World War I service as a general of engineers in France and commander of the Newport News (Va.) port of embarkation, and his work with industrial mobilization in the office of Assistant Secretary of War Dwight Filley Davis, 1921-1927.Back to Top
The papers closely parallel Ferguson's military and engineering career, and are concerned with his assignments and work, particularly full in relation to the China Relief Expedition, the raising of the U.S.S. "Maine," industrial mobilization, and Mississippi flood control work. There is no material on his service in Cuba and the Philippines during the Spanish-American War.
Letters addressed to Dwight Filley Davis in reply to a letter he sent to businessmen in connection with industrial mobilization.
Daily reports of work on raising the U.S.S. "Maine."
Chiefly records and reports primarily related to Ferguson's work on the China Relief Expedition, the raising of the U.S.S. "Maine," and Mississippi river flood control.
|Oversize Volume SV-2970/12|
Oversize volume (SV-2970/12).Back to Top
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Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007
Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, June 2009; Dawne Howard Lucas, May 2021
This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.
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