38 officers graduated in the West Point Class of 1847
31 served in the Civil War

Class of 1847 members who served in the Civil War

For Federal officers indicated rank is as U.S. Volunteers unless shown as “USA,” which indicates rank in the Regular U.S. Army.

Romeyn Beck Ayers 22 Brigadier General
Daniel M. Beltzhoover 12 Lieutenant Colonel
Clermont Best 21 Captain USA
Henry M. Black 24 Colonel
Edward D. Blake 37 Lieutenant Colonel
William Wallace Burns 28 Major General
Ambrose Burnside 18 Major General
James Barnet Fry 14 Brigadier General
Samuel Chalfin 7 Captain USA
John Dickerson 11 Captain USA Resigned 1864 to become Commission Agent
John Gibbon (bio) 20 Major General From class of ’46. Monument at Gettysburg
Horatio Gates Gibson 17 Colonel
Charles Griffin (bio) 23 Major General
John Hamilton 2 Captain USA
George W. Hazzard 5 Colonel Mortally wounded, White Oak Swamp 1862
Henry B. Hendershott 25 Captain USA Retired from active duty due to disablity 1864
Henry Heth 38 Major General
Ambrose Powell Hill 15 Lieutenant General From class of ’46. Killed at Petersburg 1865
Lewis Cass Hunt 33 Brigadier General
John Sanford Mason 9 Brigadier General
Julian McAllister 4 Captain USA Ordnance Department
Tredwell Moore 26 Captain USA
Thomas Hewson Neill 27 Brigadier General
Peter Plympton 35 Major USA
Augustus H. Seward 34 Major USA
John C. Symmes 1 Captain USA Retired for disability November 1861
Otis H. Tillinghast 13 Captain Mortally wounded at First Bull Run
Daniel T. Van Buren 6 Colonel
Egbert Ludovicus Viele 30 Brigadier General
Orlando Bolivar Wilcox (bio) 8 Brigadier General Earned Medal of Honor at First Bull Run
Joseph J. Woods 3 Colonel

Class members who did not serve in the Civil War

Edward F. Abbott 29 Resigned 1854
Anson J. Cook 16 First Lieutenant Died on duty Florida, 1853
John De Russy 36 Second Lieutenant Died on duty Fort Monroe, Va., 1850
Montgomery P. Harrison 32 Second Lieutenant Killed in a skirmish with indians, Texas, 1849
Richard H. Long 19 Second Lieutenant Died on duty Ft. Gibson, Indian Teritory, 1849
George Patten 10 Resigned 1851
Washington P. Street 10 First Lieutenant Died on duty at Camp McKavett, Texas, 1852

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