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Register of Officers and Graduates
of the United States Military Academy
Class of 1842

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 L. Eustis: Engineer; resign after seven years spent in a few assignments in New England and two years teaching at the Academy; Harvard professor of engineering, with a two-year interval when he fought for the Union in the War between the States.

John Newton: Engineer of many river, harbor, and channel improvements, mostly in New York and New Jersey; fought for the Union in the War between the States; by the end of his forty-year career, he was Chief Engineer of the Army.

George W. Rains: Fourteen years in the Army, mostly as an artilleryman, with combat in the Mexican War. In civilian life a scientific researcher and educator; during the War between the States, fought for the Confederacy.

John D. Kurtz: Thirty-five years as a military engineer, especially of coastal fortifications and river improvements in the Carolinas and Delaware.

William S. Rosecrans: Taught four years at the Academy in a first 12‑year Army career, after which he was a civilian engineer and oil and coal executive; rejoined the Union Army during the War between the States, during which he was a relatively successful general; afterwards, a mining and railroads engineer and executive, intertwined with a diplomatic and government career. [+ AOG]

Theodore T. S. Laidley: Ordnance officer, fought in the Mexican War, and served the Union in the War between the States.

Barton S. Alexander: Engineer, primarily of river and harbor improvements, but also designed several buildings at the Military Academy, of which he was treasurer for four years; in the War between the States, served the Union as a military engineer in the Virginia Campaign.

Gustavus W. Smith: Rose to the rank of Major General, C. S. A., and was briefly Confederate Secretary of War. After the war, became an expert on life insurance. [+ AOG]

Mansfield Lovell: Artilleryman, fought in the Mexican War; in the War between the States, a Confederate general.

Calvin Benjamin: Artilleryman, fought and killed in battle in the Mexican War, five years after graduating.

James G. Benton: Ordnance officer, technical expert on guns and small arms; taught at the Military Academy and wrote a manual on ordnance and gunnery.

Alexander P. Stewart: Resigned within three years, and taught mathematics and science in Tennessee universities; during the War between the States, fought for the Confederacy, becoming one of her two Lieutenant-Generals.

Edward G. Beckwith: Conducted a survey of one of the alternate routes proposed for the transcontinental railroad.

Henry M. Whiting: Artilleryman, fought in the Mexican War then was posted to garrisons in the South and in Texas, where he died fairly young.

Isaac Bowen: Artilleryman, fought in the Mexican War then was posted to garrisons in Pennsylvania and New Mexico, but died fairly young.

Martin L. Smith: Topographical Engineer, with service in the Mexican War; in the War between the States, a Confederate general.

John Pope: Topographical Engineer whose distinguished career as a Union general during the War between the States then on the western frontier is most often remembered, however, for his defeat at the Second Battle of Bull Run.

Joseph Stewart: Artilleryman, fought in the Mexican War and served in the Union Army during the War between the States, mostly in the Pacific Northwest; his career ended under a cloud.

Richard W. Johnston: Fought in the Mexican War, but resigned five years after graduating to become a patent examiner and attorney; died fairly young.

John Hillhouse: Resigned within three years, and was a New York State farmer.

David Gibson: Served in the Mexican War, and died in Mexico four years after graduating.

Charles L. Kilburn: Artilleryman, fought with distinction in the Mexican War; illness seems to have sidetracked his career, the remaining thirty years of which were in the Subsistence Department. [+ AOG]

Seth Williams: Artilleryman, fought in the Mexican War and for the Union in the War between the States.

Abner Doubleday: His name is associated with baseball and an athletic field is named for him at the Military Academy; he fought in the Mexican War and for the Union in the War between the States.

Hachaliah Brown: Artilleryman, fought in the Mexican War and died on the western frontier not long after.

Lucien Loeser: Fourteen years in the Army, a low-key career at various garrisons; a civilian career in the customs house at New York city.

Frederick J. Denman: Infantryman, served in the Mexican War; died young in Texas.

Daniel H. Hill: Fought in the Mexican War, then resigned six years after graduating; a civilian career as an author and college president, interrupted by the War between the States, in which he fought for the Confederacy, as one of her best generals.

Napoleon J. T. Dana: Infantryman, fought in the Mexican War; in civilian life, a banker and railroad executive, interrupted by the War between the States, in which he fought for the Union.

Allen H. Norton: Dief four years after graduating, half of his Army career having been spent as an instructor at the Military Academy.

Armistead T. M. Rust: Resigned within three years, for the life of a Virginia farmer, interrupted by the War between the States, in which he was a Confederate colonel.

John S. McCalmont: Resigned a year after graduating; a Pennsylvania lawyer and judge, who fought briefly on the Union side during the War between the States but resigned during the war because of illness.

Patrick Noble: Cavalryman, served on the western frontier and in the Mexican War, but died six years after graduating.

Henry C. Story: Resigned after two years; Louisiana planter, but avoided participating in the War between the States.

Jenks Beaman: Fought in the Mexican War; died in Mexico six years after graduating.

John D. Clark: Fought in the Mexican War; died on returning to the States, six years after graduating.

Ralph W. Kirkham: Fought in the Mexican War, then served on the western frontier and the Pacific Northwest for twenty-plus years, including in the Union Army during the War between the States.

Cyrus Hall: Infantryman, whose entire brief Army career was spent on the frontier in the upper Midwest; died within seven years of graduating.

George Sykes: Fought in the Mexican War and served on the western frontier; in the War between the States, he was an efficient Union general, if suddenly sidetracked toward the end of the war.

Richard H. Anderson: An officer of Dragoons in the Mexican War and on the western frontier, as a Confederate he was an outstanding general, earning the name of "Fighting Dick Anderson".

George W. Lay: Fought in the Mexican War; in his twenty years in the U. S. Army as well as his Confederate service, he was most often an aide to a high-ranking general.

James W. Schureman: Fought in the Mexican War; died in California nine years after graduating.

George T. Mason: Killed in a skirmish in the Mexican War within four years of graduating.

Charles D. Jordan: Fought in the Mexican War, ten years in Texas, and served in the Union Army during the War between the States.

Henry W. Stanton: Cavalryman, killed by Apaches after a thirteen-year career on the western frontier.

Andrew J. Williamson: Infantryman, posted to garrisons in the West and in Louisiana and fought in the Mexican War; resigned nine years after graduating; his civilian career mostly unknown to the Register.

Eugene E. McLean: Served in a staff capacity, mostly as quartermaster, in the Mexican War and on the western frontier, and continued in the same career in the Confederacy; of his long civilian career after the war, nothing in the Register.

Lafayette McLaws: Fought in the Mexican War, and served on the western frontier; Confederate Major-General. [+ AOG]

Thomas C. Hammond: Cavalryman, fought in the Mexican War, in which he was killed four years after graduating.

Charles T. Baker: Nine years in the Army, during which he served in the Second Seminole War and taught six years at the Military Academy; in civilian life, a Connecticut farmer.

Samuel B. Hayman: Infantryman, fought in the Mexican War and for the Union in the War between the States.

Earl Van Dorn: Fought in the Mexican War and served in the Third Seminole War; fought Indians on the western frontier, and for the Confederacy in the War between the States.

Christopher R. Perry: Fought in the Mexican War, and died six years after graduating.

James Longstreet: Fought in the Mexican War and served on the western frontier; although he was a prominent Confederate general in the War between the States, after the war he served in several important U. S. Government posts.

James W. Abert: Topographical engineer; during his twenty‑two-year Army career, he fought in the Third Seminole War and for the Union in the War between the States; in civilian life, an educator

James O. Handy: Died in Texas three years after graduating.


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