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Register of Officers and Graduates
of the United States Military Academy
Class of 1825

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.

Alexander D. Bache: Resigned after four years military service, and went on to become one of America's leading scientists in a variety of disciplines; was President of the American Philosophical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Academy of Sciences.

Peter McMartin: Resigned from the army after only a year; was a lawyer for four years, and died young.

Alexander H. Bowman: An engineer, mostly of river and harbor defenses; was Superintendent of the Academy during the War between the States.

Thompson S. Brown: Engineer; eleven years in the Army, mostly on harbors, and nearly twenty as a civilian, mostly on railroads, including five years in Russia.

Daniel S. Donelson: Resigned almost immediately; a planter in his home State of Tennessee, he rose to be a top-level state political figure, then a success­ful Confederate general.

Stephen V. R. Ryan: An uneventful seven years in the Artillery, as a second lieutenant; two years after that he was a brigadier general in Napoleon, Arkansas (and a merchant).

Raphael C. Smead: Artilleryman, served in the Second Seminole War and the Mexican War.

Benjamin Huger: Ordnance man, commanded important arsenals and armories, and fought in the Mexican War as Chief of Ordnance; in the War between the States, a middling Confederate general.

Francis Taylor: Artilleryman; fought in the Mexican War, and died on the western frontier after twenty-three years in the Army.

Abbott H. Brisbane: Resigned after less than three years, but later fought with the South Carolina Volunteers in the Second Seminole War; in civilian life, an engineer, mostly of railroads; published a novel.

William Penn Hopkins: His entire eleven years in the Army was spent teaching chemistry at the Academy; as a civilian, he taught in private military schools and nine years at the Naval Academy.

William A. Thornton: Thirty-eight years in the Army, almost all of it in the Ordnance.

Joseph W. Harris: Eight years in the Army, half of them in Indian removal. Died four years after resigning.

Matthew J. Williams: Left the Army after two years, then taught high school and college.

Robert Anderson: Artilleryman remembered today as the man who defended, then surrendered Fort Sumter, opening the War between the States.

Alexander D. Mackay: Surveyor; drowned in the line of duty.

James R. Irwin: Artilleryman; fought in the Second Seminole War; Chief Quartermaster of the Army in the Mexican War, where he died.

Horace Smith: Died in Florida two and a half years after graduating.

Charles F. Smith: Fought with distinction in the Mexican War and as a Union general in the War between the States, in which the victory at Fort Donelson was owed to him; died within earshot of the Battle of Shiloh, infuriatingly bedridden with a non-combat injury.

Washington Seawell: Infantry­man served in many frontier posts in the Old Southwest, especially Texas, but also in the Second Seminole War; during the War between the States, this Virginian stayed with the Union, if assigned to non-combat duties.

Lawrence F. Carter: Eleven years in Indian Territory, where he died.

Frederick Norcom: Resigned after six years in the Artillery; a civilian lawyer and state politician.

Nathaniel H. Street: Resigned after a year; North Carolina planter and state politician.

Joseph S. Worth: Twenty-one years in frontier posts north, west, and south, with service in the Second Seminole War.

N. Sayre Harris: Nearly ten years in the Infantry; resigned and was an Episcopalian clergyman for fifty more. [+ AOG]

Osborne Cross: Thirty years of quartermaster duty, on the frontier, in the Mexican War, in the War between the States.

Joseph Bonnell: Fifteen years on the frontier, north, west, and south (with not a word about his important rôle in the Independence of Texas).

William R. Montgomery: Thirty years on the frontier, north, west, and south; fought in the Mexican War; dismissed for conversion of government property, but during the War between the States served the Union in non-combat capacities.

H. St. James Linden: Two very long leaves of absence account for more than half his time in the military; died young.

James J. Anderson: Five years in the Army, mostly in Florida; practiced law in Kentucky.

James D. Burnham: Commissioned a Marine; died within three years of graduating.

Gustavus Dorr: Eighteen years of frontier duty, including combat in the Black Hawk War and the Second Seminole War.

Frederick Thomas: Not quite six years in the Army, mostly on the western frontier, where he died.

George W. Garey: Died after nine years in the Army, mostly on the western frontier; fought in the Black Hawk War.

James Engle: Nine years in the Infantry, almost all of it on the western frontier; no trace of his civilian career.

Joseph Clay: Died after seven years in the Army, most of it spent building roads in Florida.

Samuel R. Allston: Ten years in the Infantry on the western frontier and among the Indian nations of the South; died a fortnight after leaving the Army.

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