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Register of Officers and Graduates
of the United States Military Academy
Class of 1808

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.

Daniel A. A. Buck: His five years in the Army seem to have included a piece of success­ful bargaining for a higher rank; a talent that carried him thru an equally success­ful political career, including two terms as a U. S. Representative.

Samuel Babcock: An engineer specializing in coastal fortifications and river improvements.

Sylvanus Thayer: In his 16‑year tenure as Superintendent, he reshaped the new institution to such an extent that he is considered the Father of the U. S. Military Academy: its main outlines today are still due to him.

Samuel B. Rathbone: killed in the War of 1812.

Louis Vallé: Declined his appointment as an officer and returned to civilian life in Missouri, in the lead-mining business.

Heman A. Fay: Spent 25 years in the Army, quartermastering mostly, but never rose above 1st Lieutenant.

Oliver G. Burton: Nearly 13 years in the Army: service in the War of 1812, and a sutler and storekeeper at West Point; died the next year — in Cuba.

Minor Huntington: Three years on the Northwestern frontier, then resigned to become an editor in Connecticut, which according to Cullum is something like disappearing.

Milo Mason: Thirty years in artillery and as quartermaster, but only a brevet major when he died.

George P. Peters: Died after eleven years in the Army, during which he fought at Tippecanoe, in the War of 1812, and the First Seminole War.

James Gibson: killed at Ft. Erie in the War of 1812.

Samuel Newman: After two years in the Army, disappeared into civilian life.

Alpheus Roberts: Sent to the notorious hell at Terre aux Boeufs, where he died less than a year after graduating.

Luther Leonard: Fought in the War of 1812; for fifty-some years after that, he was a civilian sutler then a military storekeeper.

Samuel H. Holley: Five years in the Army with a bit of garrison duty in the War of 1812; his career was mostly in law and politics.

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