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Register of Officers and Graduates
of the United States Military Academy
Class of 1866

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.

Henry M. Adams: Forty-two years as an Army engineer, mostly of river and harbor improvements, especially near in the lower Mississippi basin and near New York City.

James Mercur: Engineer, taught seventeen years at the Military Academy and authored several books on fortifications.

Charles E. L. B. Davis: Engineer; his forty years in the Army were spent in harbor and river improvements, especially in California and the Great Lakes.

Benjamin D. Greene: Sixteen years as an Army engineer; in civilian life a contractor who defrauded the government and went to jail for it.

John H. Weeden: Engineer; worked on the Survey of the Northern Lakes and on the Pacific coast. Died young.

George M. Wheeler: For over a decade, he was in charge of the Geographical Survey of the United States West of the 100th Meridian.

Eugene A. Woodruff: Engineer; died treating the victims of a yellow fever epidemic, seven years after he graduated. [+ AOG]

James B. Quinn: His forty‑year career as an engineer was spent mostly in river and harbor improvements in the Mississippi and Missouri river basins.

Daniel W. Lockwood: Engineer; forty-some years in the Army, in river and harbor improvements.

William P. Butler: Ordnance officer, resigned seven years after graduating; in civilian life, in the lighting gas business. [+ AOG]

Frank Soulé: Resigned four years after graduating; for forty years a professor of engineering at the University of California.

Edward M. Wright: Ordnance officer, served in various arsenals, but died young, of illness.

Richard C. Churchill: Taught drawing two years at the Military Academy, but resigned six years after graduating; in civilian life an artist; died fairly young. [+ AOG]

Charles S. Smith: Eight years in Artillery and thirty-two in Ordnance, the last five in command of Sandy Hook Proving Ground.

Hiero B. Herr: Resigned four years after graduating; mining engineer and Chicago contractor.

James O'Hara: Artilleryman, taught French and Spanish for nine years at the Military Academy; fought in the Philippines in the Spanish-American War.

Charles E. Kilbourne: Artilleryman, although he eventually found his niche as a paymaster and financial officer; served in the Philippines in the Spanish-American War.

Abner H. Merrill: Forty years in the Artillery; served in the Philippines during the insurgency.

Henry H. C. Dunwoody: Most of his 38‑year Army career was as a Signal Corps officer; inventor of the first radio crystal; meteorologist.

Robert Craig: Thirty years in the Signal Office; fought in Cuba in the Spanish-American War.

William P. Dixon: Died three months after graduating, in a shipwreck attempting to rescue a fellow passenger.

Charles King: Thirty-some years in the Army, mostly in the Cavalry; fought Indians on the western frontier, and fought in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War; author of many books on army life.

James E. Eastman: Thirty-three years in the Artillery, mostly in the East; died on sick leave after being posted to Cuba in the Spanish-American War.

Isaac T. Webster: Twenty years in the Artillery, six of which as a professor of military science in Midwestern colleges.

William H. Upham: Even before he was a Cadet, he had been left for dead on the battlefield at Bull Run; three years after graduating from West Point, resigned, eventually to become governor of Wisconsin.

Solon Orr: Died in Florida a year after graduating.

Elbridge B. Hills: Forty years in the Artillery; over half of his career was as an adjutant or in high administrative posts.

Joseph G. Swift: Artilleryman, died five years after graduating.

Francis L. Hills: Resigned four years after graduating; railroad engineer and amateur genealogist.

George O. Webster: Thirty years in the Infantry in the Far West; fought in Cuba in the Spanish-American War, and sent to the Philippines during the insurgency, where he fell sick; died within four months.

Rufus P. Brown: Twenty-five years in the Infantry in the Far West.

J. Scott Payne: Cavalry­man, fought Indians on the western frontier. [+ AOG]

John P. Walker: His entire seventeen years' Army career were on the western frontier, mostly in the Cavalry.

Quintin Campbell: Infantry­man, his nine years in the Army spent almost entirely in Kansas; in civilian life, a newspaper editor.

John F. Stretch: Thirty-six years in the Infantry: all on the western frontier except for fighting in Cuba in the Spanish-American War, two brief tours of duty in the Philippines during the insurgency, and four years teaching tactics at the Military Academy.

Albert J. Neff: Cavalry­man, died on the western frontier two years after graduating.

William W. Fleming: Infantry­man; eleven years in southern and mostly western garrisons, then dismissed for embezzlements and thefts from enlisted men.

Charles A. Umbstaetter: Left the Army four years after graduating; worked for iron and steel companies.

William J. Moberly: Resigned three years after graduating; in civilian life, a lawyer.

John C. Thompson: Cavalry­man, served his entire twenty‑three-year career in the Far West.

James B. Cole: Cavalry­man; resigned after four years and practiced law. [+ AOG]

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