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Register of Officers and Graduates
of the United States Military Academy
Class of 1827

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.

Ebenezer S. Sibley: Artilleryman and engineer, with two tours of duty in the Second Seminole War, and fought in the Mexican War; in the War between the States, held a staff position at Washington, after which he was in civilian life a mining executive.

John Childe: Eight years in the Artillery, then twenty years as a civilian railroad engineer.

William Maynadier: Forty-some years in Artillery and Ordnance; for many years he was second in command of the Ordnance Bureau.

James A. J. Bradford: Thirty-four years in the U. S. Army, about twenty of them in command of the North Carolina Arsenal; in the War between the States, continued to command it on behalf of the Confederacy.

Lucien J. Bibb: Artilleryman; four years after graduating, died at Bellona Arsenal.

Napoleon B. Buford: Eight years in the Artillery; a civilian engineer, business executive, and banker until the War between the States, when he fought successfully for the Union in Kentucky and in the Mississippi campaigns.

Edwin Schenck: Resigned after a year; civil engineer, then principal of a girl's school.

Leonidas Polk: Resigned immediately; Episcopalian clergyman and bishop of New Orleans; in the War between the States, fought for the Confederacy and was killed in battle.

Essex Sterrett: Resigned within the year, taught school in Arkansas, and died young.

George Fetterman: Nearly nine years in the Artillery, most of it in Atlantic garrisons; a civil engineer in Pennsylvania but died fairly young.

William E. Aisquith: On‑again, off‑again Army career interrupted by dismissals and alcohol: the Second Seminole War, garrisons in the Cold War with British Canada, the Mexican War as a sergeant, and finally, a civilian clerk.

Thomas Worthington: Resigned after a year and was an Ohio farmer — joining the Volunteers, however, for the Mexican War and in defense of the Union in the War between the States.

Gabriel J. Rains: Thirty-four years in the Army, mostly on the western frontier and in the Pacific Northwest; fought in the Second Seminole War and the Mexican War; and for the Confederacy in the War between the States.

John G. Furman: Posted to the western frontier; died three years after graduating.

William B. Magruder: Resigned immediately; a civilian farmer, railroad engineer, and educator.

Thomas B. W. Stockton: Nine years, mostly as a quartermaster, before resigning; a civilian engineer who rejoined the Union Army briefly for the Mexican War and the War between the States.

Alexander S. Hooe: Eighteen years on the western frontier, then fought in the Mexican War, lost an arm, and died the following year.

William Flanigan: Resigned within the year; an attorney and public servant in Kentucky.

George H. Prentiss: Resigned immediately; died five years later.

David Perkins: Twelve years on the western frontier; as a civilian, was a merchant or maybe a sutler in Tampico during the Mexican War.

Samuel Hitchcock: Resigned immediately; shadowy civilian career as an Alabama lawyer and a Michigan engineer, and died at sea.

Alexander Center: Nine years in the Army, about evenly split between frontier duty in the Old Northwest, and surveying; a long civilian career as an engineer, manufacturer, and railroad and transportation executive.

Philip St. George Cooke: His forty-six years in the Army were spent mostly in the Dragoons on the western frontier, fighting various Indian tribes; commanded the Mormon Battalion in California, and for the Union in the War between the States.

Thomas S. Trask: Posted to the western frontier, and died a year after graduating.

Abner R. Hetzel: Most of his twenty years in the Army were as a quartermaster.

Joseph H. La Motte: Spent most of his 29‑year Infantry career on the western frontier, although with two tours of duty in the Second Seminole War, and fought in the Mexican War; a long civilian retirement as a Missouri farmer.

Edgar M. Lacey: Nearly twelve years on the frontier, almost all of it in Wisconsin, where he died.

Levin Gale: On frontier duty in the West, where he served in the Black Hawk War; died in Illinois five years after graduating.

Isaac P. Simonton: Almost all his nearly fifteen years in the Army were spent on the western frontier, half of it "subsisting Indians".

Jefferson Van Horne: Thirty years on the western frontier, a quarter of it "subsisting Indians"; with two breaks — to fight in the Second Seminole War and the Mexican War.

Washington Hood: Thirteen years of engineering and surveying, much of it on the frontier, with a brief break as a civilian engineer in Cuba.

Isaac Lynde: Thirty-some years on the western frontier and service in the Mexican War, but at the outbreak of the War between the States, abandoned his fort, surrendering it to an inferior Confederate force.

Nathaniel J. Eaton: Nine years on the frontier, mostly in Illinois; dropped for financial irregularities, he went on to a civilian career as a steamboat master and as a mid-level bureaucrat at St. Louis.

Stephen M. Westmore: Eighteen years in the Infantry, mostly on the western frontier and in New Orleans, where he continued as a civilian State official.

Jonathan K. Greenough: Nine years in the Infantry on the western frontier; farmer and merchant in Illinois.

William S. Stilwell: Resigned after five years in the U. S. Infantry; not long after, joined the Artillery of the Republic of Texas, fought in the Battle of San Jacinto, and died the next year at thirty.

Abraham Van Buren: The son of the President; his eighteen years in the Army were as an aide-de‑camp to high-ranking generals, and as a paymaster.

Nelson N. Clark: Five years on the western frontier, then in Louisiana where he died.

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