The United States Military Academy was established at West Point, New York in 1802 to train the new nation's young men in advanced military and engineering skills and prepare the future leaders of the United States Army. The Academy produced 445 Civil War generals - 294 for the Union and 151 for the Confederacy. Of graduates who were still alive at the start of the war, 105 were killed and 151 were wounded - 25% of the total. A West Point graduate commanded one or both armies in every one of the 60 major battles of the war.
The links below lead to a page for each West Point class year from its first class in 1802 to the the class of 1864, the last class which graduated in time to participate in the war. You can also use the more mobile-friendly jump menu.
Each class year page lists in alphabetical order the cadets from each class who served in the Civil War, along with their allegiance, highest substantive rank reached, class rank (for years after 1818, when ranks were first awarded) and other pertinent information. Graduates who did not serve in the Civil War are also shown, although less information is listed for them.
The list also includes some cadets who did not graduate, such as Lewis Armistead (1839) who was supposedly dismissed for the not unreasonable action of breaking a mess plate over Jubal Early's head. These cadets are listed with the class with whom they should have graduated.
No one from the classes of 1802-4, 1807, 1809 or 1813 served in the war, and there were no graduates at all for the classes of 1810 and 1816. After the war started in 1861 the class which would have graduated in 1862 was accelerated and graduated the month after the class of 1861. The following classes then graduated a year earlier than originally planned, resulting in an unbroken string of classes graduating each year with a double class in 1861.