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Register of Officers and Graduates
of the United States Military Academy
Class of 1821

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.

Edward H. Courtenay: Made his career as a mathematics professor: at the Point, but mostly at the University of Virginia.

Clark Burdine: Resigned rather soon to become a civilian attorney, and died young.

Jonathan Prescott: Taught chemistry and geology at the Academy, and later worked as an engineer; died young.

William W. Wells: Served ten years in the Artillery, with nothing notable recorded in the Register; resigned and died about a year later.

Charles Dimmock: Fifteen years in the U. S. Army, mostly in Artillery and as quartermaster; thirty years as a civilian builder of railroads; Confederate general in the War between the States, defending his home State of Virginia as the Chief of the Ordnance Department.

John C. Holland: Died four years after graduating.

Edward C. Ross: in his eighteen years in the Army, he fought in the Second Seminole War; but he is known mostly for being a very good mathematics professor, at the Academy and at other schools later, as a civilian.

Washington Wheelwright: Served nearly twelve years in the Artillery, including in the Black Hawk War; in civilian life, a New York merchant and notary public.

David Wallace: Resigned within a year, and went on to a political career, becoming governor of Indiana and a U. S. representative.

Robert F. W. Allston: Resigned within a year, and went on to a political career, becoming governor of South Carolina.

John F. Scott: Resigned after four years; was a merchant in New York, but died fairly young.

James Grier: Died on the western frontier seven years after graduating; he taught for a year and a half at the Academy.

John B. Scott: Served in the Artillery nearly forty years; in the Second and Third Seminole Wars, on frontiers north, west and south; and fought in the Mexican War.

Joseph Pentland: Nearly nine years on the western frontier, then dismissed for unspecified cause; died soon after.

Alexander H. Morton: Twelve years in miscellaneous frontier duty; a civilian engineer in Mississippi.

William W. Gaillard: Died at his first post, a year after graduating.

Seth M. Capron: Resigned after 6 years, and manufactured woolens for fifty.

Jefferson Vail: Served fourteen years on the frontier in the Old Northwest and in Louisiana.

James Henshaw: Resigned immediately, and was a farmer in Kentucky.

Otis Wheeler: Twenty-some years in the Infantry, on the western frontier except for three years in Florida; settled as a farmer in Missouri.

Henry Bainbridge: Thirty-five years in the Army, on the western frontier, in the Second Seminole War and later Indian hostilities, and the Mexican War.

Jason Rogers: Fifteen years in the Army, on the western frontier and fought in the Black Hawk War; his civilian life is unknown but he served with the Kentucky Volunteers in the Mexican War. His tombstone makes him twelve years old on entering the Academy.

David M. Porter: Resigned almost immediately; killed by Indians in Mexico, apparently when a civilian (and many years after the Mexican War).

Julius A. d'Lagnel: Made the Ordnance his career until he died, nearly twenty years.

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