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Register of Officers and Graduates
of the United States Military Academy
Class of 1856

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.

George W. Snyder: Engineer of Atlantic coastal defenses; in the War between the States, defended Ft. Sumter and fought at Bull Run, then died of illness.

David C. Houston: Engineer with nearly forty years in the Army; fought for the Union in the War between the States, and after the war worked mostly on harbor improvements.

Miles D. McAlester: Engineer, fought for the Union in the War between the States; died not long after the war, fairly young.

Charles C. Lee: Ordnance; six years after graduating, was killed fighting for the Confederacy.

Henry V. De Hart: Served on frontier duty on the Pacific coast; killed six years after graduating — in the early days of the War between the States, fighting for the Union.

Orlando M. Poe: Engineer, spending most of his career on river and harbor improvement especially in the Great Lakes; fought for the Union in the War between the States.

John Tipton: Artilleryman, died five years after graduating.

Herbert A. Hascall: Served in the Third Seminole War, fought for the Union in the War between the States, taught mathematics ten years at the Military Academy. [+ AOG]

A. Parker Porter: Cavalryman, served in Texas, fought Indians on the western frontier, and for the Union in the War between the States, as quartermaster or commissary; died ten years after graduating.

Francis L. Vinton: Resigned after his graduation leave and was a mining engineer in France, but rejoined the Union Army in the War between the States, resigning when disabled; a professor of mining engineering in Colorado.

George D. Bayard: Fought Indians on the western frontier; died six years after graduating, defending the Union in the War between the States.

Thomas C. Sullivan: Fought Mexican cross-border raiders in Texas, and served the Union during the War between the States, as commissary officer; after the war his forty-year career continued in the same line, and he retired as Commissary-General of Subsistence.

John W. Barriger: Fought for the Union in the War between the States; served in the Commissariat for almost his entire 35‑year career.

Lorenzo Lorain: Served in the Pacific Northwest, and was severely wounded fighting for the Union in the early days of the War between the States; the remaining twenty years of his career were as a professor of chemistry, physics and engineering, eight of them at the Military Academy.

John Bennett: Served on the western frontier; died within three years of graduating.

Wesley Owens: Fought Indians on the western frontier, and for the Union in the War between the States; died shortly after the war.

Guilford D. Bailey: Artilleryman; served on the western frontier and was killed fighting for the Union in the War between the States, six years after graduating.

John B. Shinn: Served on the western frontier, and in the Union Army in California and New Mexico during the War between the States; his fourteen-year Army career was followed by a long career as a civilian civil engineer, mostly in government service.

Hylan B. Lyon: 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 State government employee.

Edmund C. Bainbridge: Artilleryman; served in the Third Seminole War and on the western frontier, fought for the Union in the War between the States; the Register's account of his Army career after the war is opaque.

Lunsford L. Lomax: Fought Indians on the western frontier, and fought for the Confederacy in the War between the States; compiler in the War Records Office and Park Commissioner, Gettysburg National Park.

Richard Lodor: Artilleryman, fought for the Union in the War between the States; afterwards, thirty years in low-key garrison posts.

James P. Major: Cavalryman, fought the Kiowa and the Comanche, then the North as a Confederate brigadier-general.

Jeremiah H. Gilman: Started in the Artillery, but after fighting for the Union in the War between the States, from Ohio to Tennessee, he went on to serve thirty years in the Commissary.

Thomas E. Miller: Fought in the Third Seminole War and for the Union in the War between the States; died eight years after graduating.

Charles B. Stivers: Participated in the Utah Expedition and fought for the Union in the War between the States, after which a long civilian career as an educator. [+ AOG]

William Gaston: Cavalryman, killed fighting Indians in the Pacific Northwest two years after graduating.

James W. Forsyth: Fought for the Union in the War between the States; best known as the general commanding at the Battle of Wounded Knee.

Thomas W. Walker: Fought Indians in New Mexico, and for the Union in the War between the States, in which he was disabled; briefly President of Norwich University.

George Jackson: Served on the western frontier, and in the Confederate Army during the War between the States; his civilian career was in oil drilling.

Joseph H. Taylor: Fought Indians on the western frontier, and fought for the Union in the War between the States; the remainder of his nearly thirty years' career was as Assistant Adjutant-General of various departments.

John F. Ritter: Served in the Third Seminole War and in the Utah Expedition; fought for the Union in the War between the States, mostly in Arkansas.

John K. Mizner: Cavalryman, served on the western frontier then fought for the Union in the War between the States; his Army career after the war was nearly thirty years almost all on the western frontier.

Frank S. Armistead: Served on the western frontier; killed in the War between the States while in Confederate service.

Herman Biggs: Served on the western frontier and as a quartermaster in the Union Army in the War between the States; resigned immediately afterwards, and was a farmer in New York State.

William T. Gentry: Fought for the Union in the War between the States; afterwards, various staff posts and the command of several western garrisons.

James B. S. Alexander: Served in the Pacific Northwest; resigned as the War between the States was breaking out, and died three months later, five years after graduating.

William H. Jackson: Cavalryman, fought Indians on the western frontier; a Confederate general in the War between the States; after the war, raised thoroughbred horses.

Owen K. McLemore: Served in Kansas and California; killed in the War between the States, fighting for the Confederacy.

Richard S. C. Lord: Fought Indians on the western frontier, and for the Union in the War between the States; died shortly afterwards, ten years after graduating.

William P. Sanders: Served on the western frontier, and fought for the Union in the War between the States, in which he was killed.

James McMillan: Served on the western frontier; fought for the Union in the War between the States; taught nearly seven years at the Military Academy.

William B. Hughes: Served in the Union Army in the War between the States, in the Pacific Northwest; the remaining thirty years of his career were as a quartermaster.

Samuel S. Carrol: Served on the Utah Expedition, and fought for the Union in the War between the States.

Fitzhugh Lee: Cavalryman, fought against Indians in Texas and against the Union as a Confederate general; governor of Virginia, consul general in Cuba, serving there shortly afterwards as a General of U. S. Volunteers.

J. McLean Hildt: Fought for the Union in the War between the States and taught infantry tactics at the Academy.

Brayton C. Ives: Died in Texas a year after graduating.

Herbert M. Enos: Spent most of his active career in the Union Army as a quartermaster in New Mexico, including action in the War between the States.

Arthur S. Cunningham: Served on the western frontier and fought for the Confederacy in the War between the States; after the war, worked for Wells, Fargo. [+ AOG]


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