Andrew Atkinson Humphreys
Andrew A. Humphreys was born in Philadelphia and graduated from West Point in 1831. Served as an army engineer 30 years prior to the Civil War.Appointed Brigadier General and Chief Topographical Engineer on General McClellan’s staff in 1862.Commanded Army of the Potomac infantry divisions at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. Engaged on July 2nd,1863 commanding the 2nd Division of the III corps under General Sickles.
Promoted by General George Meade to Major General and became Meade’s Chief of Staff from July 8th,1863 until November25th,1864. Appointed commander of the II Corps,Army of the Potomac and led it through the end of the war.Became Chief of Engineers with the rank of Brigadier General in the regular army in 1866. Retired in 1879,died in 1883 at age 73. Buried in Congressional Cemetery,Washington,D.C.
Mr. McCormick is a native Philadelphian. He graduated from Roxborough High school with honors in American History, and from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He also earned a Master’s degree.
He has been a substitute school teacher for a number of years with the Springfield (Montgomery county) and North Penn school districts in Pennsylvania..
He is Treasurer of the General Meade Society of Philadelphia and coordinates many events of that organization. In addition, he is a member of the Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, and also serves there as a tour guide and participant on several exhibit committees. He is also a member of the Association for the Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C. and a charter member of the Confederation of Union Generals,a Living History organization.
Mr. McCormick has been doing a first person historical impression of General Humphreys for over ten years, and has done extensive research about him. He has also portrayed General George Meade. He has spoken before numerous Civil War Round tables and related organizations, and was a special guest at the bicentennial of Congressional Cemetery in 2007(where General Humphreys is interred).
Jerry McCormick can be contacted through this web site at Andrew.Humphreys@uniongenerals.org