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Register of Officers and Graduates
of the United States Military Academy
Class of 1815

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.

Henry Middleton: Resigned after a year, and for 35 years wrote political and other tracts.

William F. Rigal: Dropped by the Army, and went to work as an engineer for a South American country.

James Simonson: An undistinguished 18‑year career in the Ordnance that ended with his being dropped for non-performance of duty; died in Cuba not long after.

John Hills: an engineer who worked on the arsenal at Apalachicola, FL and succumbed there to a tropical fever; was buried young by the side of a local road.

Simon Willard: Resigned after a year; sold watches for nearly sixty years after that.

John Symington: Nearly fifty years in the Army, at the end of which this Marylander, in his seventies, managed to serve neither the Union nor the Confederacy, and was retired.

William W. Gordon: Quit after seven months; as a civilian, he was a lawyer, state politician, and railroad executive.

Henry R. Dulany: Ten years in the Artillery and the Infantry, but on sick leave the last three; as a civilian, was a Virginia farmer.

John R. Sloo: Resigned after three years; pursued a career in Illinois — railroads and the Land Office of Shawneetown.

Henry W. Griswold: Died after 22 years in the Artillery.

James Monroe: Nephew of his namesake the President, he fought against the pirates of Algiers and served 17 years in the Artillery. As a civilian, was a New York City alderman and a State and U. S. Representative.

Robert C. Brent: Eight years in the Artillery, then a Virginia farmer.

Abraham Wendell: Died in the Army not three years after graduating.

George A. Washington: Died in the Army not three years after graduating.

Robert J. Scott: Resigned after three years, and pursued a quasi-civilian career as a sutler at various forts.

Alonzo Brewer: Resigned after a year, and seems to have gone to fight and die for the freedom of Argentina.

Francis N. Berier: Resigned after 3 years, and was a merchant in New York; died very likely before he was 30.

George Cooper: Resigned after less than 2 years, and was a merchant in New York; died before he was 30.

Henry Smith: Fought in the Black Hawk War; resigned after 20 years and was an engineer and a local politician in Michigan; came back to the Army in the Mexican War and died at Vera Cruz.

Alexander F. Cochrane: Disbanded 6 years after graduating; no trace of him after that.

Michael F. van de Venter: Died in the Army, 6 years after graduating.

Milo Johnson: Three years in the Army, then a surveyor of public lands in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Aaron G. Gano: Resigned after two years; became a merchant.

Robert M. Forsyth: Dismissed after three years, and died the next.

Thomas W. Lendrum: 35 years in the Artillery, Ordnance and Commissary.

George Blaney: An engineer of seacoast and river forts.

Thomas J. Leslie: Made a 45‑year career as a paymaster at increasingly high levels of responsibility.

William S. Eveleth: Engineer, died in a shipwreck three years after graduating.

Robert W. Pooler: Resigned after three years; became a clerk for various courts in Georgia.

William H. Chase: Engineer, mostly of coastal forts in the South; at the beginning of the War between the States, tried to negotiate the surrender of Fort Pickens to the State of Florida.

Wolvert E. Williams: Ten years in the Artillery, but dismissed for disobedience of orders.

William B. Davidson: Twenty-five years in Ordnance and Artillery, fought in the Second Seminole War, and died in Florida.

John A. Webber: Forty years in the Army, most of it as store keeper of ordnance.

Thomas J. Gardner: An artilleryman in various posts, but died in Florida less than 7 years after graduating.

Benjamin L. E. Bonneville: French-born explorer of great swaths of what is now the Western United States, he also served in more routine duties in several posts on the western frontier, as well as in the Mexican War.

Samuel Cooper: Adjutant-General and Inspector-General of the Confederate Army.

Charles Davies: A mathematics professor, for twenty years at the Point, then elsewhere; wrote a comprehensive series of widely used college mathematics textbooks.

James R. Stubbs: A total of four years in the Army; a Post Office Department employee for a few years, and died pretty young.

Peter Embury: Resigned after a year; in civilian life, was a merchant in New York for at least 18 years.

Richard M. White: Resigned after about five years; no further trace of him.


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