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Register of Officers and Graduates
of the United States Military Academy
Class of 1843

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.

William B. Franklin: Engineer; fought in the Mexican War and for the Union in the War between the States, after which he pursued a civilian career in manufacturing, engineering, architecture, and politics.

George Deshon: Eight years in the Ordnance: four years at various northeastern arsenals, and four years teaching at the Academy; as a civilian, ordained a Catholic priest and was a founding member of the Paulist order. [+ AOG]

Thomas J. Brereton: Fifteen years in the Ordnance, mostly in northeastern arsenals; fought in the Mexican War; his civilian career was in the oil (petroleum?) business in Pennsylvania.

John H. Grelaud: Fourteen years in the Army, ten of them teaching at the Military Academy; and died young.

William F. Raynolds: Engineer, especially of river and harbor improvements; fought for the Union in the War between the States.

Isaac F. Quinby: His life was spent alternating between a military career in the artillery and a civilian career as a professor of mathematics; fought for the Union in the War between the States.

Roswell S. Ripley: Fought gallantly in the Mexican War, wrote a two-volume History of the War with Mexico; a Confederate general wounded at Antietam.

John J. Peck: Nearly eleven years in the Army, during which he fought in the Mexican War and against Navajo in the Southwest; bank and insurance executive, interrupted by the War between the States, in which he fought for the Union.

John P. Johnstone: Fought in the Mexican War, in which he was killed in battle our years after graduating.

Joseph J. Reynolds: Taught nine years at the Academy, fought for the Union in the War between the States, then with Indians on the western frontier, in connection with which, having abandoned a wounded soldier on the field who was then hacked to death by the savages, he was court-martialed, found guilty, and resigned.

James A. Hardie: His thirty-three years in the Army were spent almost entirely in staff duties, although he saw some combat in the Union Army during the War between the States.

Henry F. Clarke: In the early part of his Army career of over forty years, an artilleryman, with combat in the Mexican War and service in the Third Seminole War; also fought for the Union in the War between the States, and ended his career in the Commissary Department.

Jacob J. Booker: Infantryman, fought in the Mexican War, and died in Texas six years after graduating.

Samuel G. French: Fought in the Mexican War; in civilian life a Southern planter, irued by the War between the States, in which he fought for the Confederacy.

Theodore L. Chadbourne: Killed in battle in the Mexican War within three years of graduating.

Christopher C. Augur: Infantryman, fought in the Mexican War, against Indians in the Pacific Northwest, and for the Union in the War between the States.

Franklin Gardner: Infantryman, fought in the Mexican War, and served ten years on the western frontier; in the War between the States, fought for the Confederacy.

George Stevens: Fought in the Mexican War; drowned crossing the Rio Grande, within three years of graduating.

Edmunds B. Holloway: Fought in the Mexican War, and killed fighting for the Confederacy in the War between the States.

Lewis Neill: Cavalryman, fought in the Mexican War; died in Texas six years after graduating.

Ulysses S. Grant: Infantryman, fought in the Mexican War; he resigned eleven years after graduation, to an impecunious civilian life, but came into his own in the War between the States, fighting for the Union. Patience, level-headedness and tenacity made him one of America's great generals; and eventually President of the United States.

Joseph H. Potter: Infantryman, fought in the Mexican War and for the Union in the War between the States (being captured twice).

Robert Hazlitt: Infantryman, killed in battle in the Mexican War, three years after graduating.

Edwin Howe: Fought in the Mexican War, but died not long after returning to the States, six years after graduating.

Lafayette B. Wood: Fifteen years in the Army; fought in the Mexican War and served on the western frontier; died fairly young.

Charles S. Hamilton: Infantryman, fought in the Mexican War and served on the western frontier; in civilian life, an agricultural product processing executive, interrupted by two years fighting for the Union in the War between the States.

William K. Van Bokkelen: Infantryman, fought in the Mexican War and served on the western frontier; cashiered for misapplication of public funds.

A. St. Amand Crozet: Infantryman, fought in the Mexican War and served on the western frontier; died fairly young, of illness.

Charles E. Jarvis: Infantryman, fought in the Mexican War, then posted to California, where he died six years after graduating.

Frederick Steele: Infantryman, fought in the Mexican War, served in California and in the Midwest, then fought for the Union in the War between the States.

Henry R. Selden: Infantryman, fought in the Mexican War and served in the Third Seminole War and on the western frontier; in the War between the States, fought for the Union in New Mexico.

Rufus Ingalls: Fought in the Mexican War and served on the Union side in the War between the States; ended his forty-year career as Quartermaster-General of the Army.

Frederick T. Dent: Fought in the Mexican War, against Indians in the Pacific Northwest, and for the Union in the War between the States.

John C. McFerran: Infantryman, fought in the Mexican War; in the War between the States, fought for the Union in New Mexico.

Henry M. Judah: Infantryman, fought in the Mexican War; eight years on the Pacicfic coast, and fought for the Union in the War between the States.

Norman Elting: Resigned after three years; a schoolteacher and farmer.

Cave J. Couts: Cavalryman, served on the western frontier and in California; resigned eight years after graduating, and was a rancher for the rest of his life at San Luis Rey — where he had last been posted.

Charles G. Merchant: Infantryman, fought in the Mexican War and against Indians in Texas; died fairly young.

George C. McClelland: Brief and patchy career, being dismissed for conduct unbecoming and drunkenness four years after graduating; in civilian life, a merchant and farmer.


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