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Register of Officers and Graduates
of the United States Military Academy
Class of 1853

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.

James B. McPherson: Engineer, fought for the Union in the War between the States, rose to Major-General within nine years of graduating, and killed in the war two years later.

William P. Craighill: Engineer, especially of river and harbor improvements; taught four years at the Military Academy, served the Union in the War between the States; ended his forty‑four-year career as Chief of Engineers.

Joshua W. Sill: Ordnance officer, resigned after seven years, but rejoined the Union almost immediately to fight in the War between the States, in which he was killed.

William R. Boggs: Ordnance officer, fought for the Confederacy in the War between the States; after the war, an architect, engineer, and college professor.

Francis J. Shunk: An Ordnance man: arsenals, the War between the States, and died young just afterwards.

William S. Smith: Resigned after less than a year, but fought in the War between the States: in Kentucky, Tennessee, and around Vicksburg. Achieved considerably more success, and is mostly known today, as a pioneering structural engineer. Photos of his grave.

John M. Schofield: Fought in the War between the States, mostly in Missouri and Georgia, a lightning rise from First Lieutenant to Brigadier General, and three years later was briefly Secretary of War; Superintendent of the Military Academy for five years, and eventually Commanding General of the Army. Awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry at Wilson's Creek.

Matthew M. Blunt: Served in the Third Seminole War, fought for the Union in the War between the States; the rest of his career, nearly thirty years, was on the Western frontier.

Thomas Hight: Served in the Dragoons, with a curious record during the War between the States: paroled prisoner of war, AWOL, and finally discharged to civilian life as a druggist.

George R. Bissell: Resigned after three years; a long career as a bank clerk. [+ AOG]

Thomas M. Vincent: A specialist in administration and information management; after an early career including the Second Seminole War, teaching at the Military Academy, and combat in the early part of the War between the States, he rose to Adjutant-General on the staff of the General-in‑Chief of the Army, and from time to time, Acting Adjutant-General of the Army.

Henry C. Symonds: Most of his twelve years in the Army were spent teaching at the Academy and, during the War between the States, serving the Union as commissary; after the war, an educator.

John S. Bowen: Resigned within three years; in the War between the States, fought for the Confederacy and died a prisoner of war.

George Bell: Started his career in the Artillery but the bulk of it was in the Commissary Department, in the War between the States and in the West.

James D. Burns: Died a year after graduating.

William R. Terrill: Artilleryman, fought in the Third Seminole War and served on the western frontier; killed fighting for the Union in the War between the States, nine years after graduating.

Louis H. Pelouze: Artilleryman, fought in the Third Seminole War and served on the western frontier; fought for the Union in the War between the States; the last half of his career was as an Adjutant-General.

Owen F. Solomon: Posted to western garrisons, served in the Third Seminole War; died six years after graduating.

La Rhett L. Livingston: Artilleryman; served on the western frontier, fought for the Union in the War between the States, and posted to mostly Eastern garrisons for thirty years after that.

Richard C. Duryea: Artillery officer whose 17‑year career included fighting in the War between the States; as a civilian, he was a harbor works inspector in Michigan.

John G. Chandler: Served on the western frontier and in California, fought for the Union in the War between the States; his forty‑one-year career was mostly in the Quartermaster's Department.

Robert O. Tyler: Artilleryman; fought Indians in the Pacific Northwest, and for the Union in the War between the States, in which his unit mowed down Pickett's charge in the crucial battle of Gettysburg; after the war, quartermaster of various military districts and departments.

Walworth Jenkins: Served on the western frontier and taught French at the Military Academy; fought for the Union in the War between the States, mostly as a quartermaster, and resigned at the end of the war to civilian life as a coal dealer.

N. Bowman Sweitzer: Cavalryman; served on the western frontier for almost his entire thirty-year career, except when he fought for the Union in the War between the States.

James L. White: Served in the Third Seminole War and fought Indians in the Pacific Northwest; fought for the Confederacy in the War between the States; after the war a surveyor and civil engineer.

Benjamin Allston: Cavalryman, served in the Pacific Northwest but resigned after four years; fought for the Confederacy in the War between the States, and became an Episcopal priest.

Benjamin F. Chamberlain: Resigned after six months; a merchant in New York city, he fought for the Union during part of the War between the States, but resigned due to illness and died not very long after the war.

John H. Edson: Fought Indians in New Mexico, helped organize a Union regiment in the War between the States, but soon resigned; an industrial executive and a customs official.

Thomas Wilson: Posted to western garrisons and served in the Third Seminole War; fought for the Union in the War between the States; his forty‑two-year career was mostly in the Commissary Department.

William W. Lowe: Cavalryman, fought for the Union in the War between the States; after the war, a corporate executive in various sectors.

John R. Chambliss: Resigned within the year, was a planter and aide to the governor of Virginia; was killed in the War between the States, fighting for his State.

William McE. Dye: Served on the western frontier and fought for the Union in the War between the States, in the Missouri and Vicksburg theaters; fought for Egypt against Abyssinia; military adviser to the King of Corea.

Henry B. Davidson: Cavalryman, fought Indians on the western frontier, and fought for the Confederacy in the War between the States; State of California civil servant.

Philip H. Sheridan: One of the great Union commanders of the War between the States.

William A. Webb: Fought in the Third Seminole War and for the Union in the War between the States; died eight years after graduating.

John L. Grattan: Killed by Indians a year after graduating.

Elmer Otis: Cavalryman, served on the western frontier and fought for the Union in the War between the States; much of his career spent dodging illness.

Alfred E. Latimer: Infantryman, served on the western frontier and fought for the Union in the War between the States; after the war, most of his fifteen-year Army service was in Texas.

Benjamin F. Smith: Infantryman, fought Indians on the western frontier and fought for the Union in the War between the States; died on the western frontier not long after the war.

Silas P. Higgins: Served on the western frontier, but died seven years after graduating.

Henry H. Walker: Infantryman; served on the western frontier and fought for the Confederacy in the War between the States; after the war, an investment broker.

Edmund C. Jones: Served on the western frontier and briefly in the Union Army during the War between the States, but cashiered for drunkenness on duty; died a few years later.

Alexander Chambers: Fought in the Third Seminole War and for the Union in the War between the States; after the war, twenty more years in the Army, mostly on the western frontier, with a year as military attaché to Constantinople.

John B. Hood: Cavalryman, served on the western frontier; a prominent Confederate general.

James A. Smith: Fought Indians on the western frontier, and fought for the Confederacy in the War between the States; afterwards, an elected State official and a Federal Indian agent.

Robert F. Hunter: Patchy career on the western frontier, and dismissed from the Union Army for drunkenness in the first months of the War between the States; a Washington, DC attorney.

Thomas M. Jones: Served in various frontier posts, resigning to fight for the Confederacy; after the war, farmed, taught agriculture and served as an Indian agent and educator.

Augustus H. Plummer: Served on the western frontier and fought for the Union in the War between the States; died young, shortly after the war.

James B. McIntyre: Fought Indians on the western frontier and fought for the Union in the War between the States; died young, shortly after the war.

Lucius L. Rich: Fought Indians in Texas and in the Third Seminole War; an early Signal Corps officer, he fell at Shiloh fighting for the Confederacy.

Reuben R. Ross: Resigned almost immediately; school principal, killed in the War between the States, fighting for the Confederacy.

William Craig: Almost all his ten years in the Army, including in the Union Army during the War between the States, were spent in New Mexico, where he retired and died twenty years later.


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