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Register of Officers and Graduates
of the United States Military Academy
Class of 1824

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.

Dennis H. Mahan: Professor of engineering at USMA for forty years, and author of several very influential handbooks on military subjects: every West Pointer who fought in the War between the States had been one of his students.

John W. A. Smith: Taught at the Academy for two years but shortly after, was dismissed for ungentlemanly conduct; became a lawyer.

Robert P. Parrott: Ordnance man; taught at the Academy five years, but is best known as the inventor of the "Parrott gun", a system of rifled ordnance that gave the Union a significant advantage in the War between the States.

R. Edward Hazzard: Five years on topographical duty; died two years after resigning.

John King Findlay: Resigned within four years; fifty years as a civilian lawyer and magistrate in Pennsylvania.

Napoleon B. Bennett: Artilleryman, died eight years after graduating.

John N. Dillahunty: Seven years in the Army, on topographical duty; railroad engineer in Mississippi and Louisiana.

Francis L. Jones: Nearly eighteen years in the Army; Artillery, Ordnance, Indian removal, service in the Second Seminole War, and three years sick leave before he resigned — died not long after.

George W. Long: Eleven years in the Army, as an instructor and engineer; civilian engineer of railroad works, hospitals, river improvement; but mostly, a farmer of fruit and vineyards in Illinois.

John M. Fessenden: Seven years in the Army, some of it on loan to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad; in civilian life, a railroad engineer.

William P. Bainbridge: Artilleryman; served in the Second Seminole War and later Indian hostilities in Florida, Indian removal, frontier posts; fought in the Mexican War.

John M. W. Picton: Eight years in the Artillery; curious training for his civilian career as a medical doctor and professor of obstetrics.

Horatio A. Wilson: Eleven years of routine Army life, with topographical duty and various garrisons; as a civilian, worked on a Cuban railroad, then was a lawyer in upstate New York.

Nicholas Tillinghast: For most of his twelve years in the Army, he taught at the Academy; he continued his teaching career as a civilian.

William G. Williams: Surveyor and engineer, mostly of harbors and river improvements, killed in the Mexican War.

Anthony Drane: Twenty-two years in the Army, mostly on staff duties on the frontier — but an arrest, a suspension for several years with a second chance, a dismissal, and a sad end.

Louis T. Jamison: Dismissed after fourteen years in the Army, mostly on commissary duty, for failure to render proper financial accounts.

William Bickley: Resigned immediately; farmed and kept a hotel in his home State of Kentucky.

Ephraim W. Low: A year after graduating, drowned near his first post.

Joseph Cadle: Dismissed after five years; died five years after that.

Alexander Johnston: Twenty years in the Army, on the northern and western frontiers; fought in the Black Hawk War.

William L. Harris: Served on the western frontier and fought in the Black Hawk War, but after twelve years, was dismissed for conduct unbecoming.

William Bloodgood: Twelve years on the northern frontier, then nearly forty as a farmer.

William W. Eaton: Died within four years of graduating.

Timothy Paige: In the Infantry twelve years, most of them in Louisiana; fought in the Second Seminole War and resigned immediately, to a life of civilian adventure that included South America.

Francis D. Newcomb: Twelve years in garrisons in the Southeast; his civilian career took him to Cuba, where for a quarter of a century he was a press correspondent.

Dixon S. Miles: Infantry­man for nearly forty years; most of it on the western frontier, but fought in the Mexican War and for the Union in the War between the States, where — Cullum doesn't mention it — he presided over what was then the largest ever surrender of American troops (and would remain so until Corregidor in World War II).

Electus Backus: Nearly forty years in the Army, frontier duty and fought in the Second Seminole War, the Mexican War, and the Navajo Expedition; served the Union in the War between the States as a mustering and disbursing officer.

Julius Catlin: Resigned two years after graduating, and died the following year.

Joseph Van Swearingen: Served on the frontier and in the Black Hawk War; killed in the Second Seminole War at the Battle of Okeechobee.

W. Beverhout Thompson: Resigned after 5 years of topographical duty, then made his civilian career in railroad, river and canal engineering.

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