As I said in my last post, situated about a mile north of the Old Presque Isle Lighthouse is the New Presque Isle Lighthouse. This is another lighthouse that I've never been to before. It's kind of a shame because it is a pretty cool looking lighthouse.
At the start of the Civil War, he helped organize volunteers from Ohio and then assigned to McClellan's staff. While on that staff, he helped organize the defenses of Washington D.C. After this, he was promoted to Colonel and placed in charge of the 2nd Michigan Volunteer Infantry. He commanded them successfully through the Peninsular Campaign (his group was present at but did not participate in Fredricksburg) and was later promoted to Brigadier but that was later rejected by Congress. In 1863, he became chief engineer of the XXIII corps and was a key factor in the defense of Knoxville. As a result of this, he became Sherman's Chief Engineer in 1864. He oversaw the burning of Atlanta and participated in the March to the Sea.
After the war, he became the chief engineer for the Lighthouse Board. In 1870, he became Chief Engineer for the Upper Lakes. During his stint in position, he oversaw the design of eight lighthouses - The New Presque Isle, the Grosse Point, Au Sable Light in the Upper Peninsula, the Wind Point Light in Wisconsin, the Outer Island Light, the Little Sable Light, the Seul Choix Light and the Spectacle Reef Light. This last light was considered as the best specimen of masonry in the United States. While he didn't design the Stannard Point Light, he overcame many of the logistical issues. This light is considered as one of the 10 top engineering feats in the country.
From 1873 until 1883, he was General Sherman's Aide-de-Camp while Sherman was the commanding General of the United States. In 1883, he was appointed as the Superintending Engineer for the improvement of rivers and harbors on Lakes Superior and Huron. It was during this time that he designed the first Poe Lock and the rest is history from there.
In 1895, he died from an infection from an accident at the Soo Locks. He was buried at Arlington. The Poe Reef and Poe Reef Light bear his name. Obviously, the new Poe Lock is in honor of him.