Meigs, Montgomery Cunningham

Meigs, Montgomery Cunningham

(1816–92) soldier; born in Augusta, Ga. A West Point graduate (1836), as a member of the Engineering Corps he worked on federal projects including the Capitol's dome and wings. He became quartermaster general of Union forces in May 1861 and served efficiently in that demanding post through the war.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.