I'm looking for information regarding the life of a Capt. F.W. Dorr. He was a topographical engineer during the civil war. He worked for the United States Coastal Survey (USCS) under the command of Brig. Gen Andrew Humphreys. He was involved in work during the Peninsular Campaign, VA. He also worked under Brig. Gen. Orlando M. Poe in the Campaign of the Carolinas.
He may be from Pennsylvania.
Maps he helped to produce are dated from 1858 to 1864 and possible later. His map of the Battle of Chattanooga is famous.
I do not know what his first and middle names were. All documentation refers to him as F.W. Dorr. There was an E.W. Dorr from Florida, but I donít think he is the same person. I have not been able to find a F.W. Dorr in any databases Iíve tried using.
He may have been a civilian, in the employment of USCS, attached to a military unit, but was give the rank of Captain for service above and beyond the call of his duties. This is a speculation on my part, but there is some evidence to suggest some thing like the above occurred.
He was worked with a team of engineers that developed surveys of the coast of Florida. Seven maps he contributed to preparing are in the Library of Congress an available on line at:
Iím looking to find out basic information on his ancestry, DOB, place, DOD, and any thing further about his work/ life during or after the war.
Thank you in advance for your help.
Andrew H. Dorr
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