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Topographical Engineer Instruments

Stackpole & Brother transit
1780 shagreen cased portable drafting sets
dividers, ivory scale and ink pens
1830 Elliot Bros. proportional dividers
Barometer; used for determining elevations
Confederate patent (#119) calculation protractor, one of three known to have been made
Coast Survey station pointer (approx 1870)
Stackpole & Brother transit

 1860's lock plate from Capt Sandcliffe's (Confederate Engineer) chest Original Cross of Honor, awarded to J. Houston Patton, Confederate Engineer Original Cross of Honor, awarded to J. Houston Patton, Confederate Engineer 1872 Scribner's Magazine with Jed Hotchkiss article Research materials Confederate Engineer reenactor manual by Reed Settle
 1862 Confederate reprint of Field Fortifications by D. H. Mahan 1872 Queen & Co surveying catalogue 1863 map and directory of Washington DC.
1800's 66' survey chain
1800's Troughton & Simms compass, similar to Hotchkiss'
Survey chain & chaining pins
1800's Gurley pocket compass
Gurley plane table & alidade
1860's Stackpole & Brother wye level
1860's Stackpole & Brother wye level close-up

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Civil War Engineer Photos

Capt. Arthur Willis Gloster Arthur Willis Gloster was sworn into the Army of Tennessee in May of 1861, at Randolph,a small town on the Mississippi River. He and Nathan Bedford Forrest were sworn in together in the Cavalry Company of Captain White of Memphis...Their hands together on the same Bible.

Captain Gloster was an engineer with the Army of Tennessee and was at Island No. 10, Shiloh, Corinth and many other fields of battles and skirmishes before being captured when Vicksburg fell. He was exchanged the following October at Demopolis, Alabama and ordered to Missionary Ridge where he was placed in command of Company C of the 3rd Regiment Engineers. He later was sent to Atlanta to build wagons and boats for the pontoon trains of the Army. He remained in command of this train, building bridges over the streams crossed by the Army of Tennessee until the end of the War. After the War, Captain Gloster was engaged in locating and constructing some of the most important railroad lines in the South. He built a railroad line in Mississippi which produced the Town of Gloster, Mississippi so named in his honor.


Captain Arthur Willis Gloster
Original tintype click image to enlarge

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James Otey GlosterSergeant James O. Gloster enlisted in Company G of the Tennessee 13th Volunteer Infantry - The Gaines Invincibles. This hard fought outfit first saw action at Belmont, Missouri on November 7, 1861. The regiment moved to Columbus, Kentucky until the fall of Fort Donelson necessitated an evacuation via Union City to Corinth. A week later Gloster fought at Shiloh where his Regiment captured a Federal Battery but sustained 137 casualties.

On August 10, 1862, the Brigade was detached to Knoxville and placed in General Patrick R. Cleburne's Division; then returned to Kentucky to fight the Kentucky Battles of Richmond and Perryville. From Perryville back to Knoxville on to Tullahoma the Brigade then moved to Murfreesboro in late November in preparation for the Great Battle of Murfreesboro. It was at that Battle on New Years Day that Sergeant James Otey Gloster was Killed In Action.

The Gloster Brothers are buried in the Very Historic Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The Cemetery is a large 250 acres which opened in 1855. It is situated on a hilltop, graced with large old trees and evergreens and impressive statuary crypts and tombs.


(click any image to enlarge)
 March 1864
Federal engineers bridging the Tennessee River at Chattanooga, March 1864

Engineers Headquaters during the civil war
Civil War Engineer Headquarters
Pontoon Bridge
Pontoon bridge at Bull Run, Va., 1862.


Topographical Engineer camp
Civil War Engineers Camp


Patton's map of Eastern Virginia



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