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Register of Officers and Graduates
of the United States Military Academy
Class of 1839

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.

Isaac I. Stevens: Exploratory surveyor of the northern route of the Transcontinental Railroad; first territorial governor of Washington; Union general killed in battle at Chantilly. Photograph.

Robert Q. Butler: Died within four years of graduating; for most of his short career he taught at the Military Academy.

Henry W. Halleck: Rose to General-in‑Chief of the Union armies during part of the War between the States.

Jeremy F. Gilmer: Engineer, served in the Mexican War, spent several years on fortifications in the Southeast; in the War between the States, Chief Engineer of the Confederate Army.

Henry L. Smith: Engineer, spent almost all his career working on river defenses and harbors in Louisiana.

Michael S. Culbertson: Resigned within two years; missionary to China and translator of the Bible into Chinese.

George Thom: Engineer, worked ten years in national boundary surveys, and twenty years on the improvement of harbors in New England; fought briefly in the Mexican War and for the Union in the War between the States.

Franklin D. Callender: Ordnance officer, served in the Second Seminole War, and fought in the Mexican War and for the Union in the War between the States; commanded various arsenals over a forty-year career.

Henry S. Burton: Artilleryman, fought in the Mexican War and for the Union in the War between the States.

Joseph A. Haskin: Turned over the arsenal at Baton Rouge to the State of Louisiana in 1861.

Henry D. Grafton: Artilleryman, fought in the Mexican War and served two tours of duty in Florida in the Second Seminole War; author of a manual on the camp and march.

James L. Rankin: Artilleryman, served in the Second Seminole and in southern garrisons; killed in a riding accident six years after graduating.

Alexander R. Lawton: The energetic Quartermaster General of the Confederate Army. Photograph.

Henry B. Judd: Fought in the Second Seminole War and the Mexican War, but not in the War between the States because of poor health.

Lucius H. Allen: Resigned within seven years, his entire Army career having been in New York State, including three years teaching at the Academy; a merchant in California.

James B. Ricketts: Artilleryman, fought in the Mexican War and served in the Third Seminole War; a much wounded Union general in the War between the States.

Edward O. C. Ord: Served in the Second Seminole War and on the Pacific coast in the War with Mexico; fought Indians in Pacific Northwest, and for the Union in the War between the States, commanding various Army corps.

Joseph B. Boyd: Fought in the Second Seminole War, and resigned two and a half years after graduation; died four years later.

Henry J. Hunt: The Army's foremost 19c expert on Artillery; fought in the Mexican War and for the Union in the War between the States; co-author of the 1860 standard light artillery manual.

William Irvin: Resigned within two years, but served in the Mexican War with a regiment of Volunteers; in civilian life, a lawyer; died fairly young.

William S. Smith: A low-key career in various garrisons; died ten years after graduating.

Samuel K. Dawson: Artilleryman, fought in the Mexican War and served in Florida during the Third Seminole War; fought for the Union during the War between the States.

Augustus A. Gibson: Artilleryman, fought in the Mexican War and served in Florida during the Third Seminole War; fought for the Union during the War between the States.

Eleazer A. Paine: Resigned after a year, and made his career as a lawyer and state politician; in the War between the States, fought for the Union with the Volunteers.

Garrett Barry: Infantryman, fought in the Mexican War; resigned after seven years and was a merchant and construction engineer.

Charles Wickliffe: Dismissed for insubordination, but re-appointed and fought in the Mexican War; Kentucky lawyer fought for the Confederacy in the War between the States, and was killed at Shiloh.

Thomas Hunton: Declined his appointment; practiced law for nearly half a century.

Edgar B. Gaither: Resigned after a year; lawyer and state politician, served as a volunteer in the Mexican War.

William H. Korn: Served in the Second Seminole War, but resigned within a year; died two years later.

Edward R. S. Canby: Fought in the Mexican War and for the Union in the War between the States; the rest of his thirty years in the Army was spent on the western frontier, often fighting Indians; killed by Indians at a parley.

John H. Hill: Dragoon; fought in the Second Seminole War and in the Mexican War, in which he died.


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