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Register of Officers and Graduates
of the United States Military Academy
Class of 1878

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 McC. Derby: Twenty-nine years as an Army Engineer, mostly in river and harbor improvement; fought in Cuba in the Spanish-American War.

James L. Lusk: Twenty-eight years as an Army Engineer; supervised construction of the late‑19c buildings at the Military Academy.

Frank E. Hobbs: Thirty-three years in the Ordnance, as an inspector, an instructor, and the commander of several large arsenals.

Edwin McNeill: Resigned two years after graduating; a railroad executive and State senator.

George P. Scriven: A forty-year Army career including a number of diplomatic and quasi-diplomatic posts. Served in the Philippines and Cuba immediately after the Spanish-American War, in the Boxer War, and as an observer with the Italian Army in World War I; retired as Chief Signal Officer of the Army.

James S. Pettit: Infantryman; served on the western frontier, taught at the Military Academy eight years, governor of a district in Cuba immediately after the Spanish-American War, and served in the Philippines during the insurgency.

Douglas A. Howard: Fourteen years as an Ordnance officer, a career ended by illness; taught four years at the Military Academy.

Frederick Wooley: Infantryman, served almost all his eighteen‑year Army career on the western frontier; after resigning, a New York City engineer and contractor.

John R. Totten: Twelve years in the Artillery, five of them teaching at the Military Academy; after resigning, gave himself over to intensive genealogical pursuits.

William P. Evans: Thirty-eight years in the Infantry; served in Puerto Rico and Cuba during the occupation, and fought insurgents in the Philippines.

Edgar W. Howe: Thirty-three years in the Infantry, served two tours of duty in the Philippines during the insurgency, also in Cuba during the occupation; much of his career was as an instructor, inspector, and mustering officer.

Solomon E. Sparrow: Twenty-two years in the Infantry; frontier duty in the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest; fought in Cuba in the Spanish-American War.

Lewis D. Greene: Forty years of military and civilian careers interwoven: most of the first twenty on the Indian frontier, most of the last twenty as an instructor and with the National Guard or the Militia. [+ AOG]

John T. Barnett: Eight years in the Army, although all except seven months was spent on sick leave; retired for disability, and was an Indiana businessman.

Edward T. Ives: Eleven years in the Infantry, nine years as a civilian electrical engineer, then returned to the Army serving in the Signal Corps.

Albert S. Bailey: Cavalryman, resigned five years after graduating; a Texas legislator, died young. [+ AOG]

William L. Buck: Thirty-four years in the Infantry, often a mustering or recruiting officer, an instructor or an inspector; fought insurgents in the Philippines.

Charles M. Schaeffer: Resigned five years after graduation; attorney and county official in Minnesota. [+ AOG]

Abner Pickering: Forty years in the Infantry; fought in Cuba in the Spanish-American War, and in the Philippines in three tours of duty in the Philippines; commanded military prisons.

John C. F. Tillson: Forty-two years in the infantry, serving on frontier duty and in the Philippines; fought in the Boxer Expedition to China, where years later he also served a second longer term of duty.

J. F. Reynolds Landis: Forty years in the Cavalry, about a third of them on the frontier; fought in Cuba in the Spanish-American War, and served in the Philippines during the insurgency.

Frank De L. Carrington: Twenty-seven years in the Infantry, almost all on the western frontier; fought insurgents in the Philippines.

John N. Glass: Cavalryman, fought Indians on the western frontier; died fairly young.

Donald Winston: Infantryman, died four years after graduating. [+ AOG]

Frank P. Avery: Twenty years in the Infantry, all on the western frontier; retired although on the fringes of military service; recalled to staff duty in Washington during World War I.

Charles G. Starr: Twenty-eight years in the Infantry, half of them on frontier duty; fought in Cuba in the Spanish-American War and fought insurgents in the Philippines.

Millard F. Waltz: Forty years in the Infantry; several tours of duty in Cuba and the Philippines; fought in Cuba in the Spanish-American War and insurgents in the Philippines.

Baldwin D. Spilman: Nine years in the Cavalry; a mining and railroad executive.

Henry O. S. Heistand: Infantryman, served in Indian country on the western frontier, in the Boxer campaign, in the Philippines during the insurgency and again later; much of his career was as a high-level adjutant-general. [+ AOG]

James R. Richards: Eighteen years in the Cavalry, almost entirely spent on the western frontier.

John L. Cox: Resigned a year after graduating; Iowa farmer and stock-raiser.

Charles M. Carrow: Died a year after graduating. [+ AOG]

Elijah H. Merrill: Resigned within a year of graduating; oil company executive.

Robert N. Getty: Forty years in the Infantry. Fought Indians on the western frontier, and Spaniards in Cuba; served three tours of duty in the Philippines during the insurgency.

Nat P. Phister: Thirty-two years in the Infantry: served on the western frontier, fought in Cuba in the Spanish-American War, and served in the Philippines during the insurgency.

Fred Wheeler: Twenty-two years in the Cavalry, mostly on the western frontier where he fought Indians; saw combat also in the Philippines.

William J. Elliott: Resigned within three years of graduation; an officer in the Pennsylvania National Guard to the end of his life.

James F. Bell: Cavalryman, fought insurgents in the Philippines (Medal of Honor); rose to Chief of Staff of the Army, served in France in World War I.

Elon F. Willcox: Twenty-eight years in the Army, almost all in the Cavalry; served on the western frontier and in Cuba during the Spanish-American War; fought insurgents in the Philippines.

Abiel L. Smith: Nearly forty years in the Army, the first ten on the western frontier, and the rest in positions of increasing responsibility as a quartermaster or commissary.

Silas A. Wolf: Thirty-two years in the Infantry; fought Indians on the western frontier and insurgents in the Philippines.

Henry F. Kendall: Most of his twenty-six years in the Army were spent on the western frontier; also served in Cuba and Puerto Rico during the occupation, and in the Philippines.

Ormentiz J. C. Hock: Infantryman on the western frontier, died five years after graduating.


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