Totten, Joseph Gilbert, 1788-1864. | Tulane University Special Collections
Name: Totten, Joseph Gilbert, 1788-1864.
Historical Note: Joseph Gilbert Totten (1788-1864) was Brevet Brigadier General of the Engineers Department of the United States Army. He graduated from West Point in 1805 with a commission as a second lieutenant of engineers. He served as the chief engineer of the army on the Niagara front during the War of 1812, earning promotions to major and lieutenant colonel. For twenty-four years after the war he was engaged in coastal defense, river, and harbor works. Totten was appointed Chief Engineer of the United States Army in 1838, and served in that position for twenty-five years until his death in 1864.
Sources: Manuscripts Collection M-139
Note Author: LAC Group