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Register of Officers and Graduates
of the United States Military Academy
Class of 1826

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 H. C. Bartlett: Taught science and technology at West Point for nearly forty years; in his old age, had a success­ful second career in insurance for nearly twenty more. [+ AOG]

Thomas S. Twiss: Left the army at the end of three years, most of it teaching science at the Academy; was a civilian professor of mathematics, then tried out other careers.

William Bryant: Nine years in the Army, a third of it teaching at the Academy; as a civilian, an Episcopalian minister and educator.

Thomas Jefferson Cram: The first ten years of his 45‑year military career was spent teaching mathematics and science at the Academy; almost all the rest as a topographical engineer and surveyor, in geodetic surveys of the Atlantic coast in particular.

Charles G. Ridgely: Taught a semester of French at the Academy and quit the Army; was a lawyer for a few years.

John McClellan: Twenty-five years of topographical duty, harbor and river improvements, boundary surveys; fought in the Mexican War.

Bennett H. Henderson: Six years in the Army, half of it teaching at the Academy; a week after resigning, killed in a traffic accident.

Albert S. Johnston: Infantry service in the Black Hawk War, resigned to join the Army of the Republic of Texas, but served in the U. S. Army in the Mexican War and on the Utah Expedition; he would become the great Confederate general, killed at Shiloh.

Edward B. White: Ten years in the Artillery, followed by a civilian career as an engineer and the architect of some beautiful buildings in Charleston, SC; fought for the Confederacy as Colonel of the Palmetto Battalion.

Francis L. Dancy: Fifteen years in the Army, with combat in the Second Seminole War; settled in Florida, where he was active in state politics and was a high-ranking civil servant; supported the Confederacy in the War between the States.

Joseph D. Searight: Nearly twenty years in the Army, mostly on the Western frontier; fought in the Black Hawk War, and employed in the Indian removal.

Joel C. Townsend: Died three months after graduating, without ever serving.

Daniel S. Herring: Artilleryman; for ten years he was posted mostly to Rhode Island; sent to Florida, he died there almost immediately.

George Woodbridge: Three years in the Artillery, and the rest of his life as a civilian clergyman.

Michael M. Clark: Thirty-five years in the Army, mostly as a Quartermaster.

Maskell C. Ewing: Ten years in the Army, then a civilian engineer and surveyor in the Washington, D. C. area.

Samuel P. Heintzelman: Forty-five years in the Army: quartermaster duty, recruiting, scouting, recruiting; served in the Second Seminole War, fought in the Mexican War and against Indians in Texas and Arizona, and for the Union in the War between the States.

Theophilus B. Brown: Taught drawing at the Military Academy for six years; died young.

Danforth H. Tufts: Fourteen years in the Army in various frontier posts.

Augustus J. Pleasonton: Resigned four years after graduating, and was an attorney in Pennsylvania; served in the State militia, was wounded in riots there in 1844, and organized a home guard to defend his State during the War between the States. [+ AOG]

Martin P. Parks: Resigned within two years and became an Episcopalian minister; twelve years after graduating, he was the chaplain at the Academy for a while.

John B. Grayson: Thirty-five years in the United States Army; an artilleryman, he fought in the Second Seminole War, but most of his career was in the Commissariat, including in the Mexican War.

John Williamson: Artillery, then mostly Ordnance; served in the Mexican War, but much of his career was spent at the Charleston arsenal in South Carolina.

Henry J. Griffin: Died a year and a half after graduating.

John Archer: Nearly eight years in the Army, on the southwestern frontier; in civilian life, a lumber merchant in Maryland, then a Texas planter. [+ AOG]

Samuel H. Ridgely: Died nine months after graduating.

John M. Berrien: Taught two years at the Academy, then was eight years on topographical duty; a forty-year civilian career as a railroad engineer.

Edwin B. Babbitt: Three-quarters of his forty years in the Army were occupied in Quartermaster duties.

Richard W. Colcock: Nearly ten years in the Army, mostly on the southern and western frontier; his civilian career was in Charleston, SC, as a railroad engineer and as the superintendent of the South Carolina Military Academy.

Charles L. C. Minor: Died after seven years on the western frontier.

William H. Sims: Resigned immediately; civilian career shadowy, in Georgia and Mississippi.

Francis J. Brooke: Served on the frontier and in the Black Hawk War; killed in the Second Seminole War at the Battle of Okeechobee.

Nathaniel C. Macrae: Western frontier duty for thirty years; after that, a recruiter in Ohio during the War between the States.

James G. Allen: Left the service within two years; lawyer and politician in Louisiana.

Alexander G. Baldwin: Nine years on the western and southwestern frontier, where he died.

Amos B. Eaton: Infantry­man, but after a few years specializing in commissary services; fought in the Mexican War; by the end of his forty-five years' career, he was Commissary-General of the Army.

Moses E. Merrill: Served nearly twenty years on the frontier of the old Northwest, mostly in Michigan; killed in the Mexican War at Molino del Rey.

Charles Colerick: Died on the western frontier a year and a half after graduating.

Silas Casey: Infantry­man, whose forty-year Army career included combat in the Second Seminoe War, the Mexican War, and the War between the States on behalf of the Union, as well as against Indians in the Pacific Northwest.

Thomas H. Pearce: Resigned quickly; his civilian life was that of a railroad employee.

E. Kirby Smith: Frontier duty for twenty years, then the Mexican War, in which he was killed. [Note: the better-known E. Kirby Smith is his brother, Class of 1845.]

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