34 officers graduated in the West Point Class of 1855
31 served in the Civil War

Class of 1855 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.

William Woods Averell 26 Brigadier General
Clarence E. Bennett 25 Lieutenant Colonel
Samuel Breck 7 Major USA
Timothy M. Bryan 27 Colonel
Frederick L. Childs 9 Lieutenant Colonel
John R. Church 16 unknown
Albert B. Colburn 17 Lieutenant Colonel Died St. Louis June 1863
Cyrus B. Comstock 1 Captain USA Engineers
John Van Dusen Du Bois 10 Colonel
George H. Elliott 4 Captain USA Engineers
Henry W. Freedley 29 First Lieutenant USA
Ebenezer Gay 6 Captain USA
David McMurtrie Gregg 8 Brigadier General
Edward L. Hartz 24 Captain USA
William Babcock Hazen 28 Major General
James Hoffman Hill 23 Major
Robert C. Hill 33 Colonel Died December 1863
Henry M. Lazelle 30 Colonel
Lewis Merrill 20 Colonel
Francis Redding Tillou Nicholls 12 Brigadier General
William Russell Pease 31 Colonel Colonel 117th New York Infantry. (Biography)
George D. Ruggles 19 Major
Francis Shoup 15 Brigadier General
Michael P. Small 11 Lieutenant Colonel
Charles W. Thomas 22 Lieutenant Colonel
Alfred Thomas Archimedes Torbert 21 Brigadier General
John Wesley Turner 14 Brigadier General
Alexander Stewart Webb 13 Brigadier General Earned Medal of Honor at Gettysburg; monument at Gettysburg
James Wheeler 18 Captain USA Cashiered May 1862
Junius B. Wheeler 5 Captain USA Engineers
Godfrey Weitzel 2 Major General

Non-Graduates who did participate in the Civil War

William Whedbee Kirkland N/A Brigadier General Did not graduate, but appointed to US Marine Corps.

Graduates who did not participate in the Civil War

John K. Allen 32 Second Lieutenant Killed in skirmish with indians, Washington, 1858
George McGunnegle Dick 34 Second Lieutenant Died of disease 1856
Cornelius Van Camp 3 Second Lieutenant Killed in fight with indians, Texas, 1858

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