Claudius Crozet was a civil
engineer best known for his work blasting tunnels through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Born in France, he
received a technical education and artillery training before entering the French
army. He was captured by the Russians at the Battle of Borodino in 1812 and served
two years as a prisoner of war. From 1816 to 1823 Crozet taught at the U.S. Military
Academy at West Point, New York, after which he began the first of two stints as
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