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Abraham Eustis

Birthdate: (57)
Birthplace: Petersburg, VA, USA
Death: Died in Portland, ME, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Abraham Eustis and Margaret Eustis
Husband of Patience W. B. Eustis and Rebecca Eustis
Father of William Eustis; Horatio Eustis; Henry Langdon Eustis; Alexander Brooks Eustis; Frederic Augustus Eustis and 2 others

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About Brevet Brig. General Abraham Eustis, USA

Abraham Eustis (March 26, 1786 – June 27, 1843) was a lawyer and notable U.S. Army officer, eventually rising to become a Brevet Brigadier General. He saw service in Florida and became a notable artillery specialist and the first commander of Fort Monroe, located at the entrance to the harbor of Hampton Roads in Virginia.

In the State of Florida, Eustis Lake and the town of Eustis were each named in his honor. Camp Abraham Eustis, a World War I-era U.S. Army base along the James River, was named for him. Later renamed Fort Eustis, in the 21st century, it is an expanded and active facility which now located in the independent city of Newport News, Virginia.

Abraham Eustis was born in Petersburg, Virginia. He was educated at Harvard College and Bowdoin College. He served during the War of 1812, in the Black Hawk War (1832), and in the Seminole Wars in Florida.

In 1830, Eustis became the first commander of Fort Monroe, which guards the entrance to Hampton Roads at Old Point Comfort in southeastern Virginia. There for many years, he commanded the school for Artillery Practice.

In May, 1838, Eustis took command of Fort Butler, the one of the main military posts built for the forced removal of the Cherokee known as the Trail of Tears. Nearly 5,000 Cherokee of North Carolina and adjacent Georgia were taken to Fort Butler, thence to the main internment camp at Fort Cass. The troops stationed at Fort Butler were those of Eustis's command from the Second Seminole War in Florida (Duncan 2003:190).

He was the father of Brig. Gen. Henry L. Eustis.

Fort Eustis

Fort Eustis was originally known as Camp Abraham Eustis when it was established during the World War I on historic Mulberry Island and an adjacent portion of the mainland along the James River in Warwick County, upstream from Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company. It became Fort Eustis and a permanent Army base in 1923.

Fort Eustis is currently home to the U.S. Army Transportation Corps, and is now located within the corporate limits of the independent city of Newport News (which merged with the former Warwick County in 1958). An Army Aviation School is also located there. A large mothball fleet of ships known locally as the "Ghost Fleet" is located adjacently in the river.

As of 2007, with the pending base closure of Fort Monroe in nearby Hampton, a portion of the work there will shift to Fort Eustis. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Abraham Eustis


Abraham Eustis was born March 26, 1786, at Petersburg, Va. He married July 6, 1809, Rebecca, daughter of Dr.John and Rebecca (Chambers) Sprague, of Dedham, Mass., who died June 8, 1820, at Jamaica Plain.

Abraham received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College(1804) and a Master of Arts, Bowdoin (1806). He studied law andcommenced practice, but soon relinquished it to enter the army. He served during, the War of 1812, in the Black Hawk War in 1832, and in the war with the Seminoles in Florida. For many years he was in command of the school for Artillery Practice at Fortress Monroe, Old Point, Comfort, Virginia. At the time of his death he was colonel Ist Artillery and Brevet Brigadier General, headquarters at Portland. His second wife was Patience W. B. Izard,of South Carolina, who died without issue in 1860. Abraham Eustis died June 27, 1843 at Portland, Maine. Eustis, Florida, Eustis Lake in Florida and Fort Eustis,Virginia are named in his honor.

Children of Abraham Eustis and Rebecca Sprague: William, born Nov. 17, 18 10. Horatio Sprague,7 born Dec. 25,1811. Henry Langdon, born April 29, 1813; d. June 30, 1817. Alexander Brooks, born Jan. 30, 1815. Frederic Augustus,7 born June 12, 1816. John Fenwick, born Nov. 3, 1817, Fort Independence, Boston. Henry Lawrence, born Feb. 1, 1819. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Brevet Brig. General Abraham Eustis, USA's Timeline

March 26, 1786
Petersburg, VA, USA
November 17, 1810
Age 24
December 25, 1811
Age 25
April 29, 1813
Age 27
January 30, 1815
Age 28
June 12, 1816
Age 30
November 3, 1817
Age 31
Boston, MA, USA
February 1, 1819
Age 32
June 27, 1843
Age 57
Portland, ME, USA