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Register of Officers and Graduates
of the United States Military Academy
Class of 1819

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 A. Eliason: For twenty years an engineer of coastal installations.

Frederick A. Underhill: Worked on the coastal defenses of the Gulf of Mexico, first as an Army engineer, then as a civilian contractor; died there.

Cornelius A. Ogden: Army engineer, mostly of coastal defenses, for over 35 years.

Edward D. Mansfield: On graduation, declined his appointment: a long life as a civilian lawyer, journalist, and author.

Henry Brewerton: Engineer, mostly of harbors and their fortifications; Superintendent of the Academy.

John R. Bowes: Resigned after three years, and no further trace of him.

Henry A. Thompson: Seventeen eventless years in the Army; as a civilian, a civil engineer and a railroad and bank executive.

Zebina J. D. Kinsley: Taught tactics for fifteen years at the Military Academy, mostly Artillery; then resigned and was the principal of a nearby school.

William Turnbull: For thirty-five years a Topographical Engineer, with service in the Mexican War; most of his work was in river and lake improvements.

Joshua Baker: Taught a year at the Academy, then resigned from the Army; a lawyer, engineer, politician and planter in Louisiana.

Justin Dimick: Fifty-two years in the Army, in the Canadian border disturbances, fighting in the Second Seminole War and the Mexican War, and in charge of a Union camp for Confederate prisoners, then an old Soldiers' home.

George W. Whistler: One of the earliest of the great railroad engineers, projected and built the railroad from Moscow to St. Petersburg, and died in Russia.

Benjamin Walker: Forty years in the Army, some of them in the War of 1812 before being appointed a Cadet; mostly on recruiting service, on commissary duty, or as paymaster on the frontier or in war zones.

Daniel Tyler: Fifteen years in the Artillery, during which he wrote the Army's first artillery manual, and at the end of which he resigned due to infighting; a long civilian career in railroads and coal followed, then a controversial service in the Union Army during the War between the States, and back to his railroad and industrial career.

John F. Hamtramck: Resigned within three years, settling as a Virginia planter; served in his State's Volunteers in the Mexican War.

Ethan C. Sickles: Died in Florida four years after graduating.

James S. Hepburne: Five years in the Army, then a civilian doctor in New Orleans, but died young.

John L'Engle: Nearly twenty years in the Army in various duties, mostly in the South; settled in Florida as a planter.

John M. Edwards: Resigned after three years; his civilian career unknown.

Austin Brockenbrough: Fourteen years of a very quiet Army career, some of it on topographical duty.

William Malcolm: Posted to Mississippi and Alabama; and Louisiana, where he died four years after graduating.

John Mackenzie: Nine years in various frontier posts; killed by a sergeant.

Joseph D. Rupp: Died in Florida two years after graduating.

Jacob A. Dumeste: Twelve years in the Army, most of it quietly in his home State of Maryland.

James R. Blaney: Seven years after graduating, he was dismissed for continuing insubordination.

Roswell Conant: Resigned a year after graduating, and died the next.

Jasper Strong: Resigned after four years, and settled in Florida for nearly forty; at the beginning of the War between the States, pulled up stakes for his home State of Vermont, where he died.

Henry Gilbert: Died eight years after graduating, having spent half his Army career teaching artillery at the Academy.

William H. Swift: Thirty years as an Army engineer of waterway and coastal improvements, he took responsibility for the destruction of the Minot's Ledge lighthouse and resigned; for the next thirty years he was a civilian railroad engineer and executive.

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