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Register of Officers and Graduates
of the United States Military Academy
Class of 1854

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.

G. W. Custis Lee: Engineer; fought for the Confederacy in the War between the States, and after the war was President of Washington and Lee University.

Henry L. Abbot: Multifaceted, high-level Army engineer: fortifications, ordnance, torpedoes, river and harbor improvements, canals, railroads, contract supervision, gun foundries, etc.; as a Union officer in the War between the States, siege artillery.

Thomas H. Ruger: Resigned within the year to practice law, but rejoined the Union Army to fight in the War between the States; after the war, commanded various important departments and was Superintendent of the Military Academy.

Oliver O. Howard: Ordnance officer in the Third Seminole War; taught mathematics at the Military Academy; fought for the Union in the War between the States, being awarded the Medal of Honor; Commissioner of the Freedmen's Bureau; fought Indians in the Far West; Superintendent of the Military Academy; founder of two universities; Christian social activist, author and lecturer.

Thomas J. Treadwell: Twenty-five years as an ordnance officer, involved in the design and review of gun carriages, small arms, Gatling guns, cartridges, etc.

Charles N. Turnbull: Topographical Engineer, fought for the Union in the War between the States, especially in building bridges in theater; after the war, a merchant.

James Deshler: Seven years in the U. S. Army, almost all of it on the western frontier; in the War between the States, fought for the Confederacy and was killed.

Henry W. Closson: Forty-plus years in the Artillery: fought in the Third Seminole War and for the Union in the War between the States.

Judson D. Bingham: Artilleryman, serving most of his career as a quartermaster; fought for the Union in the War between the States, and retired as Assistant Quartermaster-General.

John Pegram: Cavalryman, served on the western frontier; fought for the Confederacy in the War between the States, and was killed defending his home town against Federal forces.

Charles G. Rogers: Resigned almost immediately, and taught mathematics in Tennessee, both before and after the War between the States, in which he fought in the Cavalry for the Confederacy.

Thomas J. Wright: Fought Indians on the western frontier; died within three years of graduating.

James E. B. Stuart: Cavalryman, fought Indians on the western frontier; one of the great Confederate generals.

Archibald Gracie: Resigned within two years and worked in the cotton business in Alabama; was killed in the War between the States, fighting for the Confederacy.

John R. Smead: Fought Indians on the western frontier, and for the Union in the War between the States, in which he was killed eight years after graduating.

Michael R. Morgan: Fought Indians in the Pacific Northwest and for the Union in the War between the States; ended his career as Commissary-General of the Army.

Stephen D. Lee: Artilleryman, served in the Third Seminole War and on the western frontier, and in the War between the States, rose to be one of the Confederacy's highest-ranking generals; after the war, a college president and a commissioner of Vicksburg National Park.

Milton T. Carr: Fought Indians on the western frontier, and fought in the Union Army in the War between the States, resigning midway; a civil engineer.

William D. Pender: Fought Indians in New Mexico and the Pacific Northwest; fought for the Confederacy in the War between the States, as one of Lee's favorite generals, and died of wounds received at Gettysburg.

Loomis L. Langdon: During his 40‑year Army career, he fought in the Third Seminole War and the Mexican War, and for the Union in the War between the States.

John T. Greble: The first West Point graduate to be killed on the Union side in the War between the States. Engraving.

John B. Villepigue: Seven years in the Dragoons; resigned to fight for the Confederacy, where he rose to the rank of Brigadier-General and died of a fever contracted at the Battle of Corinth.

Henry A. Smalley: Twelve years in the Artillery, mustering troops for the Union during the War between the States (with a spot of teaching French at the Academy); after the war, he was a newspaper editor.

Samuel Kinsey: Commissioned in the Artillery; died a year after graduating.

Abner Smead: Served in various East coast garrisons until the War between the States; served the Confederacy in the War between the States, and was a physician and surgeon after the war.

Oliver D. Greene: Western garrisons, then fought for the Union in the War between the States and awarded the Medal of Honor; adjutant-general of various departments.

Stephen H. Weed: Artilleryman, fought in the Third Seminole War, and fought Indians on the Utah Expedition; fought for the Union in the War between the States, and was killed at Gettysburg.

E. Franklin Townsend: Artilleryman; resigned within two years, but rejoined to fight for the Union in the War between the States, then continued to command various large posts, mostly in the West.

Alfred B. Chapman: Artilleryman; served in the Third Seminole War and fought Indians on the western frontier, but resigned when the War between the States broke out and retired to a lucrative law and real estate career in California.

George A. Gordon: Served on the western frontier, fought for the Union in the War between the States; after the war, miscellaneous duties mostly in the West.

John O. Long: Posted to various Midwestern garrisons, and served in the Confederate army during the War between the States.

Benjamin F. Davis: Cavalryman, fought Indians on the western frontier, and fought for the Union in the War between the States, in which he was killed nine years after graduating.

James Wright: Cavalryman, died on the western frontier three years after graduating.

Waterman Palmer: Died a year after graduating.

David F. Hancock: Served on the western frontier, and fought for the Union in the War between the States; after the war, a career in the Southeast and the West punctuated by two arrests.

Samuel T. Shepperd: Died on the western frontier a year after graduating.

William M. Davant: Died in Texas a year after graduating.

Charles G. Sawtelle: Quartermaster for almost his entire forty-year career, rising to Quartermaster-General.

Levi L. Wade: Died two months after graduating.

John T. Mercer: Five years in New Mexico; killed in the War between the States, fighting for the Confederacy.

Zenas R. Bliss: Served on the western frontier and fought for the Union in the War between the States; after the war, commanded various western posts and departments, retiring as a Major-General.

Edgar O'Connor: Served on the western frontier; killed in the War between the States, fighting for the Union.

John Mullins: Served on the western frontier, then served the Confederacy in the War between the States; after the war, was a Virginia farmer.

David H. Brotherton: His career was spent on the western frontier, where he fought for the Union in the War between the States, and fought Indians after the war in the Nez Percés Expedition, and negotiated the surrender of Sitting Bull.

Horace Randal: Fought Indians on the western frontier, and was killed in the War between the States, fighting for the Confederacy.

John McCleary: Fought Indians on the western frontier and fought for the Union in the War between the States, but died shortly after the war, still young.


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