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Register of Officers and Graduates
of the United States Military Academy
Class of 1830

For a few words about Cullum's Register and the organization of the entries on this site, see the orientation page to the Register. The links below, to the individual entries, open in another window.

Alexander J. Swift: An engineer mostly of port improvements, but also superintended the construction of cadet barracks at West Point.

William E. Basinger: Killed in Dade's Massacre, that triggered the Second Seminole War.

Walter S. Chandler: Drowned five years after graduating, in attempting to save the life of another.

Francis Vinton: Six years in the Army, mostly in New England garrisons; became a celebrated Episcopalian minister.

William N. Pendleton: Resigned after three years, one of which spent teaching mathematics at the Academy; his long career as an Episcopalian minister was interrupted only by the War between the States, in which he was Chief of Artillery of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.

George W. Lawson: Resigned after a year, and died the next.

Thomas J. Lee: A top-level surveyor, whether in or out of the military; author of a much used manual on Surveying, Geodesy, and Practical Astronomy. [+ AOG]

John W. Barry: Resigned after six years, and died the following year.

Thomas B. Linnard: Artilleryman and Topographical Engineer, fought in the Second Seminole War and the Mexican War.

Benjamin Poole: Nine years in the Artillery; fought in the Second Seminole War, and died in Florida.

Simon H. Drum: Career artilleryman: Black Hawk War, Indian resettlement, Second Seminole War, and Mexican War, where he was particularly noticed for his bravery, and was killed.

James H. Prentiss: An artillery officer who served in the Black Hawk and Seminole Wars, and died shortly after his participation in the Mexican War.

Robert H. K. Whitely: Forty-five years in Artillery and Ordnance; fought in the Second Seminole War and for the Union in the War between the States.

Edwin Rose: Artilleryman, served seven years in various hot spots, including in Florida during the Second Seminole War; a civilian farmer and occasional government official; raised a regiment for the Union in the War between the States.

John B. Magruder: Thirty years in the Artillery, in Eastern garrisons and at various hot spots including Florida during the Second Seminole War; fought in the Mexican War, and served on the western frontier; Confederate general.

Albert T. Bledsoe: Resigned after two years; polymath clergyman, lawyer, and professor of mathematics; Assistant Secretary of War in the Confederacy.

John S. Stoddard: Resigned to go into the Navy, but quit after two years; civil engineer; city surveyor of Brooklyn, NY and superintendent of its waterworks.

John W. Murray: Died on the western frontier, less than a year after graduating.

James West: Died on the western frontier, at his first post, three years after graduating.

James M. Hill: Infantryman, fought in the Second Seminole War and served in the Mexican War.

Samuel Kinney: Infantryman; died on the western frontier five years after graduating.

Jesse H. Leavenworth: Six years in the Army, in Great Lakes garrisons, and served in the Black Hawk War; a civil engineer and in the lumber business; raised a regiment for the Union in the War between the States.

Meriwether L. Clark: Fought in the Black Hawk War, but resigned within three years; an engineer and architect in Missouri, he joined the Army again to fight in the Mexican War; and later fought with the Confederate Army; an active retirement as an architect in Kentucky.

John T. Collinsworth: Six years in the U. S. Army, then became the Inspector-General of the Army of the Republic of Texas — but died at 28.

Lloyd J. Beall: Served successively in the Infantry, the Dragoons, and for most of his thirty-year U. S. Army career, in the Pay Department; fought in the Second Seminole War, and during the War between the States commanded the Confederate Marine Corps.

William C. Heyward: Resigned within two years; a South Carolina planter, in the War between the States he defended his State against the Union.

Joseph Ritner: Died less than four years after graduating, although not before being appointed Professor of Civil Engineering in a civilian university.

John H. K. Burgwin: In the forts of the Western frontier for fifteen years; killed in the Mexican War at Taos, NM.

Thomas L. Alexander: Infantryman, served mostly on the western frontier; fought in the Black Hawk War and the Mexican War.

James H. Taylor: For half his time in the Army he was posted to West Point, the other half on the western frontier, where he drowned five years after graduating.

Robert C. Buchanan: Fought in the Black Hawk War, the Second Seminole War and the Mexican War; on the Union side in the War between the States. Was commander of the Military District of Louisiana during a critical year of the Reconstruction period, in which post he was a conciliating influence. [+ AOG]

Camillus C. Daviess: Resigned after eight years in various forts in Wisconsin, with service in the Black Hawk War; four years as a civilian farmer, and died young.

John S. Vanderveer: Ten years in the Army, on the western frontier, with combat in the Black Hawk War; forty years of civilian life afterwards, about which Cullum has no information.

Thomas J. Royster: Fought in the Black Hawk War, and died a month later, two years after graduating.

George Wilson: Seven years on the Wisconsin and Illinois frontier, and fought in the Black Hawk War; forty-some years of civilian life as a public official and a banker. [+ AOG]

George W. Patten: Infantryman; ten years in northeastern garrisons, fifteen years on the western frontier; fought in the Second Seminole War and the Mexican War, where he lost a hand; served the Union in a staff capacity during the War between the States.

William Eustis: Sixteen years in the Dragoons, during which he studied French cavalry tactics in Europe, and fought in the Mexican War; stayed out of the War between the States, although a civil engineer in Louisiana and Mississippi.

David A. Manning: Infantryman, posted to garrisons in the South; died five years after graduating.

George W. McClure: Died on the western frontier, four years after graduating.

Richard H. Ross: Infantryman, posted to frontier garrisons north, south, and west; served two tours of duty in the Second Seminole War, separated by combat in the Mexican War in which he was wounded; died not long after.

John M. Clendenin: Served in northern frontier posts and in the Black Hawk and Second Seminole Wars; died twelve years after graduating.

Stephen B. Legate: Posted to various western garrisons; died five years after graduating.


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