Joseph Bailey


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(1825–67) Union army officer and military engineer, born probably in Pennsville, Ohio. During the Red River campaign (1864), Bailey ingeniously conceived and directed a ten–day, 3,000–man construction of a dam across the Red River near Alexandria, Louisiana, permitting Rear Adm. David D. Porter's thirty-three–vessel fleet to pass.

From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Warfare and Defence.

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