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Register of Officers and Graduates
of the United States Military Academy
Class of 1829

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.

Charles Mason: After two years in the Army, pursued a career in railroads and politics in Wisconsin and mostly Iowa.

Robert E. Lee: An engineer on the frontier west of the Mississippi; served gallantly in the Mexican War. (Not a word about the Confederate general.)

William H. Harford: Four years in the Army, three years as chief engineer of the Lake Pontchartrain Canal, and died at 29.

J. Allen Smith Izard: Taught six years at the Academy, then resigned to a life of social graces as a Southern planter who summered in the North.

James Barnes: A railroad engineer.

Catharinus P. Buckingham: A total of four years in the Army, and a long civilian career spent teaching at first, but then mostly in iron and steel.

Joseph Smith Bryce: Taught at the Academy for two years, resigning to become an attorney; thirty years later, during the War between the States, served in a staff position in the Union Army.

John Mackay: A topographical engineer in the South and in Texas.

Charles W. Hackley: Four years in the Army, followed by twenty-five civilian years as an Episcopalian priest and a professor of mathematics.

Miner Knowlton: Seventeen years in the Army, including service in the Mexican War; sidelined by illness the rest of his life, an illness due to his military service.

John C. Casey: A life on the frontier, most of it in Florida during the Seminole Wars.

William R. McKee: Seven years in the Artillery, then resigned and was an attorney and railroad engineer in his home state; a Kentucky Volunteer in the Mexican War, he was killed at Buena Vista.

Joseph E. Johnston: Black Hawk War, Second Seminole War, bravery in the Mexican War, frontier service in Kansas and Utah, but not a word about his Confederate commands. After the War between the States, a term as U. S. Representative and four years as Commissioner of Railroads.

John F. Kennedy: A brief career of miscellaneous posts, ending in his assignment to Florida during the Second Seminole War, where he died of consumption.

O. McKnight Mitchel: A brief and unsatisfying Army career, followed by national prominence as an astronomer.

Gustavus Brown: Died in Chicago, three years after graduating, probably of cholera.

Sidney Burbank: Twenty-some years on the western frontier, with a break fighting in the Second Seminole War; fought for the Union in the War between the States; after the war, assistant commissioner of the Freedmen's Bureau.

William Hoffman: Most of his career was spent on the western frontier; served in the Black Hawk War and the Second Seminole War; fought in the Mexican War; in the War between the States, commander of the Union prisoner-of‑war system.

Charles Petigru: Even younger than the man he replaced as an engineer on the arsenal at Apalachicola, FL, he too died of tropical fever and was buried by the side of a local road.

Franklin E. Hunt: Mid-level career almost entirely on the western frontier, the first half in the Artillery and the second as a paymaster; fought for the Union in the War between the States.

Lancaster P. Lupton: Served on the western frontier but resigned within seven years; a civilian fur trader, farmer, merchant, and miner mostly in California.

Seth Eastman: A painter and illustrator of note, he served many years on the western frontier and documented Indian tribes; he also taught drawing at the Military Academy for seven years.

Thomas Swords: His first five years were in miscellaneous frontier posts, after which he found his niche as a quartermaster; fought in the Mexican War and for the Union in the War between the States.

Albemarle Cady: Thirty years on the western frontier, interrupted by combat in the Mexican War; the wounds received there would more or less sideline him from Union service during the War between the States.

Thomas A. Davies: Resigned after two years; a civilian engineer and New York merchant — but fought for the Union as a Volunteer in the War between the States. [+ AOG]

Albert G. Blanchard: Frontier duty for ten years, then six years of civilian life as a merchant and school administrator in New Orleans; fought in the Mexican War, then returned to civilian life in schools, surveying and railroads; during the War between the States served in the Confederate army.

Chileab S. Howe: Nine years in the Infantry, mostly in the South; on resigning became a planter in Alabama and Mississippi.

Caleb C. Sibley: An undistinguished forty-year career in the Infantry, most of it on the western frontier; at the outbreak of the War between the States, surrendered his post to the Confederacy, and was sidelined for the rest of the war.

James H. Wright: Died at his first post, fifteen months after graduating.

George A. Sterling: Resigned within three years; his civilian career was as an Episcopalian minister and farmer in Connecticut.

Joseph H. Pawling: Resigned after seventeen months; shadowy details of his civilian career; a government clerk, he died relatively young.

Antes Snyder: Resigned from the Army almost immediately; a railroad and canal engineer.

William H. Warfield: Resigned after three years on the western frontier; was a farmer in his home State of Maryland.

James Clark: Resigned after a year; ordained a Catholic priest, and taught mathematics and science at several universities; President of Holy Cross and Gonzaga Colleges. [+ AOG]

James Allen: Seventeen years on the western frontier; died on the march of the Mormon Battalion, of which he was the first commander.

Jonathan Freeman: Eight years in the Army, in low-profile assignments; a civilian engineer and lawyer.

John P. Davis: Fifteen years on the western frontier, mostly as quartermaster; dismissed for financial irregularities.

George R. J. Bowdoin: Resigned after three years; his civilian career was as a lawyer in New York city.

Edwin R. Long: Infantry­man, served in the Black Hawk War and in various northern garrisons; fought in the Second Seminole War.

Benjamin W. Brice: Resigned within three years; back in the Army during the Mexican War for two years; the third time, stayed for twenty-five years, served the Union in the War between the States and rose to Paymaster-General of the Army.

Robert W. Burnet: Resigned within four years, and the Register doesn't mention any civilian career. [+ AOG]

James S. Moore: Resigned immediately; a medical doctor and planter in Georgia and Alabama.

Charles O. May: Died on the western frontier, six months after graduating.

Theophilus H. Holmes: Thirty-one years in the United U. S. Army, all on the western frontier except for combat in the Mexican War; fought for the Confederacy in the War between the States.

Edward R. Williams: Resigned after six years on the frontier, in the Old Northwest; no information on the rest of his life.

Richard B. Screven: Infantry­man, assigned to any frontier where there was trouble: on the Canadian border; three tours of duty with combat in the Second Seminole War; fought in the Mexican War; died of illness not long after.

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