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Register of Officers and Graduates
of the United States Military Academy
Class of 1838

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 H. Wright: Construction engineer, wrote a treatise on mortars and concretes; died seven years after graduating.

P. G. T. Beauregard: Before his career as an outstanding Confederate general, he was an engineer on many of the United States' coastal defenses, and fought gallantly in the Mexican War; after the War between the States, a public servant in his home state of Louisiana.

James H. Trapier: Ten years as an Army Engineer, then a South Carolina planter; during the War between the States, a middling Confederate general.

Stephen H. Campbell: Engineer, worked on eastern coastal forts; died seven years after graduating.

Jeremiah M. Scarritt: Engineer, served in Florida during the Second Seminole War, taught at the Military Academy, fought in the Mexican War.

Alexander H. Dearborn: Fifteen years in the Ordnance; commanded several arsenals.

John T. Metcalfe: Resigned within two years; medical doctor and author, professor of medicine.

Thomas Casey: Served in Florida during the Second Seminole War, but resigned after eight months; he died eight years after graduating but his civilian life is unknown to the Register.

Isaac S. K. Reeves: Died twelve years after graduating; over half his career was spent teaching at the Academy.

Buckner Board: Cherokee and Seminole Removal, and service in Florida during the Second Seminole War — enough to make him resign within two years — then a civilian lawyer and merchant, with a year serving the Union in the War between the States.

William B. Blair: Twenty-three years in the U. S. Army in Artillery and Commissary, then served the Confederacy as a Commissary; after the war, taught Artillery at the Virginia Military Institute.

Thomas Lee Ringgold: Artilleryman with most of his career in Ordnance, about half of it in Washington, D. C.

James M. Ketchum: Five years in the Southeast, mostly in Florida during the Second Seminole War; resigned, and died a month later at 26.

Henry C. Wayne: Taught five years at the Academy, including as Assistant Master of the Sword; best known for his work in procuring and testing camels as military steeds and pack animals.

Lucius Pitkin: His six years in the Army were entirely spent in garrisons in New York State; in civilian life, a New York City lawyer.

William H. Shover: Served in the Seminole Wars and in the Mexican War.

William F. Barry: Rose to become the recognized, if not official, head of all the Union Artillery in the War between the States.

Milton A. Haynes: Resigned after a year, and practiced law, interrupted only by volunteer service in the Mexican War; fought for the Confederacy in the War between the States.

William A. Nichols: Artilleryman, fought in the Mexican War; his later career, including Union service in the War between the States, was in the Adjutant-General's office.

John C. Fletcher: Cherokee Removal and service in Florida during the Second Seminole War — enough to make him resign after two years — then a civilian merchant.

Leslie Chase: Posted several years to northeastern forts, and fought in the Mexican War.

Langdon C. Easton: A career of over forty years, almost all of it as a Quartermaster; during the War between the States, was the Chief Quartermaster of Sherman's armies.

Irvin McDowell: Artilleryman, fought in the Mexican War and, at the outbreak of the War between the States, was in the right place to lead the push toward Richmond, becoming the losing general in the First Battle of Bull Run, after which his career went downhill.

Rowley S. Jennings: Served in the Second Seminole War, and died in Florida a year and a half after graduating.

William Austine: Served in the Second and Third Seminole Wars, fought in the Mexican Wars, and served the Union in a reduced capacity during the War between the States, being sidelined by health problems.

William J. Hardee: Cavalryman, served in the Second Seminole War, and fought in the Mexican War; Commandant of Cadets at the Academy; Confederate Lieutenant-General.

Hamilton W. Merrill: Twenty years in the Army, all in frontier duty, mostly in Texas; served in the Second Seminole War and fought in the Mexican War.

Robert S. Granger: Infantryman, served in the Second Seminole War, on the western frontier, and in the Mexican War; fought for the Union in the War between the States.

Owen P. Ransom: Cavalryman, served in the Second Seminole War and on the southern frontier but dismissed for drunkenness seven years after graduating; made his civilian career as a railroad engineer.

John H. Mathews: Died a month after graduating.

Henry H. Sibley: Cavalryman, served in the Second Seminole War and on the western frontier, and fought in the Mexican War; a successful Confederate general.

Edward Johnson: Infantryman, served in the Second Seminole War and on the western frontier, and fought in the Mexican War; a Confederate Major-General.

Ripley A. Arnold: Fought in the Second Seminole War and the Mexican War; killed on the western frontier.

Constant Freeman: Died on the western frontier a year after graduating.

Alexander W. Reynolds: Infantryman and Quartermaster, served in the Second Seminole War and the Mexican War but mostly in western garrisons; a Confederate general and a colonel in the Egyptian army.

Andrew J. Smith: Thirty years in the Dragoons and the Cavalry, fought Indians on the western frontier and in the Pacific Northwest; fought in the Mexican War and for the Union in the War between the States, in many engagements — in Kentucky, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Missouri.

Charles J. Hughes: Died in Florida during the Second Seminole War, a year after graduating.

William Hulbert: Within a year of graduation, was killed in the Second Seminole War.

Robert M. Cochran: Indian removal, Second Seminole War, frontier duty, and dismissal for drunkenness and disobeying orders. "Killed by Mexicans" not long after.

Justus McKinstry: Infantryman and Quartermaster, fought in the Mexican War and served the Union in the War between the States until he was court-martialed and dismissed for neglect and violation of duty; afterwards, a civilian stockbroker.

Ferdinand S. Mumford: Served in the Second Seminole War and the Mexican War, and on the western frontier; resigned to go mining in California in 1849, and eventually became a lawyer.

Carter L. Stevenson: Infantryman, served in the Second Seminole War and the Mexican War, and fought Indians in the Third Seminole War and on the western frontier; a high-ranking Confederate general, and after the war, a civil and mining engineer.

Richard H. Graham: Cherokee removal and western garrisons; killed in the Mexican War, at Monterey, eight years after graduating.

Charles F. Ruff: Cavalryman, fought in the Mexican War and served on the western frontier; desk duties for the Union during the War between the States.

Zebulon M. P. Inge: Cavalryman, served in the Second Seminole War, and in the Mexican War; killed at Resaca-de‑la‑Palma about eight years after graduating.


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