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Benjamin A. Colonna, an officer of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey from 1870 tobejamin colonna 1885, died at his home in Washington on March 11, 1924.

He was born in Accomack County, Virginia, October 17, 1843; was educated at private schools and at the Virginia Military Institute, where he graduated in 1864. With other cadets at that institution he took part in the Battle of New Market, May 14, 1864. Soon after his graduation he was commissioned as a Captain in the Confederate Army and remained in that service until the surrender of Johnson's Army at Greensboro, North Carolina, April 26, 1865.

Mr. Colonna was appointed in the Survey in July 1870, and passed through all grades in the service during 14 years of strenuous activity both on the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts. While engaged in trigonometric work in northern California in 1878, he spent 9 days on the summit of Mount Shasta, 14,400 feet in height, and wrote an interesting account of that experience which has recently been republished. An accident while engaged in field work on the Strait of Fuca resulted in paralysis from which he never completely recovered.

On his return he was assigned to duty as assistant in charge of the Coast and Geodetic Survey office in Washington, which position he held until his resignation from the service in March 1895. From that time until failing health necessitating retirement from active pursuits he was engaged in private business at Norfolk, Virginia, and in Washington. Mr. Colonna was married November 1890, to Miss Fannie B. Bailey, and is survived by his widow and five children.

C&GS Bulletin, 3/1924

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