West Point's Class of 1861

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Christina Moon is our host for a series on members of the West Point Class of 1861 who fought at the Battle of Gettysburg. With the coming of the Civil War, the academy had two classes graduating that year because the original class of 1862 petitioned to graduate a year early. So the original class of 1861 graduated in May, 1861. The original class of 1862 graduated in June, 1861. We will refer to them throughout the series as the May and June classes. Christina has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide since 2008.

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West Point’s Class of 1861 Part 1
In today’s West Point Class of 1861 post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Christina Moon discusses the life of May, 1861 graduate Adelbert Ames who commanded a brigade and a division in the Eleventh Corps. At Gettysburg, Ames’ Brigade had 1337 engaged and suffered 778 casualties (68 killed, 366 wounded, and 344 captured) for a total percentage loss of 58.2%.
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West Point’s Class of 1861 Part 2
In today’s West Point Class of 1861 post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Christina Moon presents the life of Colonel Emory Upton who commanded the 121st New York Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg.
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West Point’s Class of 1861 Part 3
In today’s West Point Class of 1861 presentation, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Christina Moon shows us monuments related to Engineering officer, John Whitney Barlow.
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West Point’s Class of 1861 Part 4
In today’s West Point Class of 1861 presentation, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Christina Moon begins to follow Lieutenant Charles Hazlett around the Gettysburg Battlefield.
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West Point’s Class of 1861 Part 5
In today’s West Point Class of 1861 presentation, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Christina Moon shows the different possibilities for the placement of Hazlett’s Battery on Little Round Top.
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West Point’s Class of 1861 Part 6
In today’s West Point Class of 1861 presentation, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Christina Moon provides some background on Hugh Judson Kilpatrick, known by some as “Kill Cavalry.”
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West Point’s Class of 1861 Part 7
In today’s West Point Class of 1861 presentation, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Christina Moon provides some background on Malbone Francis Watson, who commanded Battery I, 5th United States Artillery until he was wounded on July 2, 1863.
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West Point’s Class of 1861 Part 8
In today’s West Point Class of 1861 presentation, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Christina Moon provides some background on Eugene Beaumont, who was a staff officer under John Sedgwick at Gettysburg, but who would be awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the western theater during 1864-1865.
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West Point’s Class of 1861 Part 9
In today’s West Point Class of 1861 presentation, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Christina Moon provides some background on Jacob Ford Kent, who was a staff officer under John Sedgwick at Gettysburg, but who would be most known for his actions during the Spanish-American War.
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West Point’s Class of 1861 Part 10
In today’s West Point Class of 1861 presentation, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Christina Moon provides some background on Leonard Martin, who as a Lieutenant commanded Battery F, 5th United States Artillery at Gettysburg.
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