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Register of Officers and Graduates
of the United States Military Academy
Class of 1820

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.

Stephen Tuttle: Engineer, worked mostly on coastal fortifications; died in Florida.

Andrew J. Donelson: Resigned after a year and a half; but he parlayed his status as Andrew Jackson's nephew and protégé into a career as a journalist, diplomat and politician; he was Millard Fillmore's running mate in his losing campaign of 1856.

Thomas E. Sudler: Resigned after a year, and went on to teach mathematics and related subjects in various colleges and universities.

William H. Bell: Nearly forty years in Ordnance, most of them commanding arsenals; but started his Army career by teaching mathematics at the Academy.

William C. de Hart: Served in the Ordnance, but is best-known as the writer of an authoritative manual on courts-martial; fought in the Mexican War, where he caught the disease that killed him in mid-life.

Francis N. Barbarin: Sixteen years in Ordnance and Artillery; nearly fifty more as a civil engineer and, mostly, a clerk in the U. S. Engineer Department.

Robert S. Brooke: Five months, and he was gone from the Army: a long civilian career as a lawyer, a state politician, and the director of a lunatic asylum.

James A. Chambers: An artilleryman, he served mostly in the South, and fought in the Second Seminole War.

Edward G. W. Butler: Ten years of apparently routine assignments; he resigned, and was a Louisiana planter for the rest of his long life, except for a year back in the Army during the Mexican War.

Daniel D. Tompkins: Ordnance and mostly Quartermaster duty for forty-some years, including the Second Seminole War and the Mexican War.

John H. Winder: Best-known today as the Confederate general in charge of the prison camps in which so many Union soldiers died under terrible conditions.

William P. Buchanan: Graduated at eighteen, drowned at twenty in the Mississippi on his last leave.

Samuel B. Dusenberry: Over thirty years in the Army, most of it on Quartermaster duty; served in the Second Seminole War, and died in New Mexico.

Henry J. Feltus: Six years in the Army, then the civilian life of a New York lawyer and a Philadelphia businessman.

Nicholas Cruger: Seven years in the Army, all on the western frontier; in civilian life, a farmer and local politician.

Rawlins Lowndes: Ten years in the Army, mostly as an aide-de‑camp; in civilian life a South Carolina planter until the outbreak of the War between the States, when he moved to New York.

Lewis N. Morris: Twenty-five years in the Artillery, with frontier duty in the West and combat in the Second Seminole War and the Mexican War, in which he was killed.

Joshua Barney: Twelve years in Eastern forts and miscellaneous duties, and resigned; in civilian life, mostly a railroad engineer and a surveyor.

George F. Lindsay: Two years in the Infantry, then defected to the Navy, serving in it for twenty-five years, mostly in navy yards; served in the Second Seminole War.

John M. Tufts: Two years in the Army, then a New Jersey farmer.

Benjamin Gorham: Died in Illinois a year after graduating.

Samuel McRee: Infantry­man, fought in the Second Seminole War and the Mexican War, with quartermaster duty on the Western frontier, where he died, of cholera.

Thomas Noel: Infantry­man, fought Indians in Iowa, in the Black Hawk War and the Second Seminole War; was allowed a sick leave of absence of nine years, at the end of which he died.

Thomas McArthur: Resigned immediately; became a merchant.

Charles Guerrant: Resigned immediately; was a farmer in Virginia.

George D. Ramsay: Nearly fifty years service, by the end of which, during the War between the States, he commanded the Arsenal of Washington, DC and was Chief of Ordnance of the Army.

Edgar S. Hawkins: On the rolls of the Army for forty years: his first twenty or so were in western frontier posts, but after that he was on sick leave of absence and was eventually retired for service-related sickness and disability.

William S. Maitland: Served in the Artillery at posts mostly in the Northeast; fought in the Second Seminole War.

Aaron B. Skinner: Died about two years after graduating.

William W. Morris: Forty-five years in the Artillery, with combat against Indians in Iowa and in the Second and Third Seminole Wars; also fought in the Mexican War and commanded the harbor defenses of Baltimore for the Union Army during the War between the States.

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