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Register of Officers and Graduates
of the United States Military Academy
Class of 1859

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 E. Merrill: A lifelong engineer, serving with the Union Army in the War between the States and beyond.

Samuel H. Lockett: Taught a year and a half at the Academy, then resigned to fight for the Confederacy, for which he was chief engineer at the battle of Vicksburg; after the war, he taught, served in the Egyptian army, helped build the Statue of Liberty, and died in Colombia.

Charles R. Collins: Topographical Engineer, fought for the Confederacy, and died defending his home town — Spotsylvania.

Chauncey B. Reese: An expert bridge-builder and sapper, served with the Union Army thruout the War between the States, to die of yellow fever not long after, at 33.

Orlando G. Wagner: Topographical Engineer; served in New Mexico, then was killed fighting for the Union in the War between the States, within three years of graduating.

Robert F. Beckham: Topographical Engineer; killed fighting for the Confederacy in the War between the States, five years after graduating.

Moses H. Wright: Ordnance for a year and a half, then resigned to fight for the Confederacy; after the war, a mid-level executive in the cotton business.

Edward G. Bush: Fought for the Union in the War between the States, taught Spanish at the Military Academy, and served in or commanded various posts military in Texas.

Francis L. Guenther: Artilleryman, fought for the Union in the War between the States; after posts in the South and the Far West, he ended his career as the commander of the Artillery School.

Elias B. Carling: Fought for the Union in the War between the States; died after sixteen years in the Army, most of it as a quartermaster.

Martin D. Hardin: Fought for the Union in the War between the States, was repeatedly wounded, and retired not long after; a Chicago attorney.

Eugene M. Baker: Cavalryman, fought for the Union in the War between the States, then served on the western frontier, nearly twenty more years, up to his death.

Norman J. Hall: Artilleryman, fought for the Union in the War between the States; died shortly after the war, eight years after graduating.

Roderic Stone: Infantryman, posted to frontier duty in New Mexico; killed there in the War between the States, fighting for the Union, within three years of graduating.

Francis J. Crilly: Served in New Mexico and fought for the Union in the War between the States; resigned soon after the war and was a Philadelphia merchant.

Allen L. Anderson: Infantryman; fought for the Union in the War between the States and resigned shortly after the war.

Edwin H. Stoughton: Infantryman; fought for the Union in the War between the States, and ended his Army service while a Confederate prisoner; died shortly after the war, nine years after graduating.

Caleb H. Carlton: Infantryman, fought for the Union in the War between the States; after the war, a cavalryman, commanding various Western posts in the course of his forty‑year career.

Joseph Wheeler: Resigned within two years of graduating, to fight for the Confederacy in the War between the States; Fightin' Joe Wheeler was one of the South's most daring generals. Thirty-some years later, after a civilian career with nine terms in the U. S. House of Representatives, he fought for the United States in the Spanish-American War.

John J. Upham: Infantry service for the Union in the War between the States, and twenty-some years in the cavalry in the Indian wars afterwards — despite constant poor health.

Abraham K. Arnold: Cavalryman; in his forty-year career he fought for the Union in the War between the States, in the Virginia campaigns (Medal of Honor); taught five years at the Military Academy; served and fought Indians on the western frontier; and served in the Spanish-American War.

Henry A. F. Worth: Infantryman, fought for the Union in the War between the States but resigned during the war four years after graduating; in civilian life, an administrator.


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