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William H. Bell (1834-1906) graduated from West Point in 1858, having repeated a year. Here as cadet wearing the riding jacket. Originally an infantryman until after 1st Manassas, he served as a commissary officer in the east and later in New Mexico. Afterwards the Captain continued his service throughout the century, eventually becoming a Brigadier General and Commissary General of the U.S. Army a few month before retiring.

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Ira W. Claflin (1834-1867) graduated from West Point in 1857 and served as cavalry officer in New Mexico. He did so until 1862 when he transferred to the east, being wounded during the Gettysburg Campaign and then serving on staff duty. After the war the Captain returned to the west where he died of yellow fever.

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Lafayette Peck (ca. 1833-1864) was the goat of his West Point class in 1857. He served as infantry officer and briefly became a POW in Texas when the civil war began. Then the Lieutenant resigned to join the Confederacy. Apparently he was commissioned as artillery Lieutenant but otherwise his further career is unknown to me. He died of disease in 1864.

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Francis F. Malbone (1839-1891) graduated from West Point in May 1861 and served as artillery officer in the Army of the Potomac, commanding a battery at Gettysburg when he lost a leg. Then the Captain served back at West Point until retiring in 1870. Afterwards he was a civil engineer, for some time working with McClellan. He eventually died of Bright's Disease.

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And one more from the navy, William F. Lynch (1801-1865). He had served in the navy since 1819, had done lots of exploration in the Middle East and Africa and was made a Captain in 1850. However the Virginian joined the Confederate States Navy, as Captain and Flag Officer. He held several commands on the east coast and on various rivers; and also headed the Bureau of Orders and Details for some time. After the war he briefly retired to Baltimore.

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John T. Hambrick (1823-1872), here as Private (eventually rising to Sergeant) in the North Carolina Volunteers during the Mexican-American War. The merchant would join the Confederacy and serve as Major of the 13rd North Carolina State Troops (3rd Infantry) before resigning for health reasons in late 1862. However in the next year he´d become Colonel of the 2nd North Carolina Home Guards.

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Charles A. Page (1837-1862) in the uniform of the Danville Blues, a militia company from Danville (VA), either before or very early in the war. Page, a tobacconist in civil life, and his company went to war as part of the 18th Virginia Infantry Regiment. The Private was killed at Gaines`s Mill.

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Look at this youngling. William Gates (1788-1868), here in 1860. He graduated from West Point in 1806, served in the artillery and became a Colonel in 1845. During the civil war he commanded various forts in New England until he was retired, being brevetted Brigadier General, in 1863 (though continuing service until 1867).

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John S. Taylor (1820-1862), here in 1850. When the civil war began the Lieutenant of the U.S. Navy resigned, though having been on the reserve list before, and became the same in the Confederate Navy. However he quickly joined the army as a Captain instead, and may have been promoted to Major. Though being heavy artillery he was attached to S.D. Lee`s Battalion when he was killed at Antietam.

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Joseph C. Audenried (1839-1880) graduated from West Point in June 1861 and became a cavalry officer in the east, however he spent most of the war as aide on various staffs. In 1863 he was married twice, once to his wife and once to William T. Sherman, staying with both for the rest of his life. He was made a Colonel in 1869 and eventually died of some unclear illness; with some speculating that Sherman had an affair with the just-widowed Mrs. Audenried.

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In 1863 he was married twice, once to his wife and once to William T. Sherman, staying with both for the rest of his life.
Now that's a story! Are we talking "married" as in "married with rings, vows and kiss by a minister" :eek: or rather some joke after indulging in too much alcohol? Do you know?
 
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John T. Greble (1834-1861); here between 1857 and 1861. The 1854 West Pointer had served as artillery officer in Flordia and was stationed at Fort Monroe when the civil war began. At Big Bethel the 1st Lieutenant (afterwards brevetted three ranks) led a detachment with 2 or 3 artillery pieces when he was shot in the head, most likely the first west point absolvent to be killed in that war.

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Norman J. Hall (1837-1867) graduated from West Point in 1859 and was present at Fort Sumter. He served on the staff of Hooker until accepting a volunteer commission as Colonel of the 7th Michigan Infantry Regiment. He commanded a brigade at Gettysburg but afterwards sickness forced him to retire from field service. He held a number of desk assignements up north and eventually died from those illnesses.

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William O. Williams (1839-1863); here while serving in the 2nd U.S. Cavalry, a commission he just received thanks to Robert E. Lee, in early 1861. He resigned, being arrested for some time, and then joined the Confederate Army (his brother remaining in the Union Army) and became a staff officer and cavalry commander in the west. A relative and childhood friend of the Lee family; he courted Lee´s daughter Agnes and was said to have had, in late 1862, proposed to her but was rejected. In July 1863 the Colonel was caught as spy behind enemy lines, in Union uniform and with false papers, and accordingly was court-martialled and executed.

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And a USMC officer for once. John C. Cash (1817-1877), here around 1852. In 1861 he commanded the marine detachment that was sent to the relief of Fort Pickens in Florida. In the next year he was promoted to Major and named Paymster of the U.S. Marine Corps, staying on the post throughout the war and until his death.

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