Walter Husted Stevens

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Walter Husted Stevens was born at Penn Yan, New York, August 24, 1827. He was graduated fourth in the class of 1848 at the U. S. Military Academy, and was commissioned in the corps of engineers. His old army service was almost entirely in Louisiana and Texas. This fact added to his marriage to a sister of General Louis Hebert of Louisiana, had made him completely Southern in sentiment. In 1861 he submitted his resignation, which, however, was not accepted; and he was dismissed on May 2, 1861, on a technicality. Appointed a captain of engineers in the Regular Confederate Army, he was engineer officer to General Beauregard at First Manassas. He was promoted to major and acted as chief engineer of the Army of Virginia, under General Joseph E. Johnston in Northern Virginia and during the Peninsular campaign. Upon the accession of General Lee to command, Stevens, having been promoted colonel, was placed in charge of the Richmond defenses, which he enlarged and strengthened. Appointed chief engineer of the Army of Northern Virginia, he received the rank of brigadier general from August 28, 1864. Stevens was supposedly the last uniformed man to cross Mayo's Bridge on the night of the evacuation of Richmond. Paroled at Appomattox, he went to Mexico and became superintendent and engineer of the Imperial Railroad, a line designed by Maximilian to run from Vera Cruz to Mexico City. He died in Vera Cruz on November 12, 1867, at the early age of forty. He is buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond.

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Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.