George W. Cullum

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George Washington Cullum (1809-1892) - Born 25 Feb 1809 in New York City, New York. A Career U.S. Army officer and engineer in the U.S. Corps of Engineers who served in the U.S. Civil War. He retired in January 1874 and died 28 Feb 1892 in New York City, New York.

George Washington Cullum (1809-1892)

He entered the United States Military Academy 1 Jul 1829 and graduated in the Class of 1833, ranking 3rd out of 43. He became an instructor of engineering at the United States Military Academy (1848-1855). Served as Superintendent of the United States Military Academy (1864-1866). Established the Cullum Register of Academy graduates officially known as Biographical Register of Officers and Graduates of the U. S. Military Academy. On his death he bequeathed a sum of money to establish Cullum Memorial Hall at West Point.

During the U.S. Civil War he served as de‑Camp to Lt. General Winfield Scott, General-in‑Chief of the Armies of the United States, and in numerous engineering posts. He was breveted as a Major General, U.S. Army, with permanent rank of Colonel. After the war, he served as a member of the Board of Engineers (1866-1867) and other boards until his mandatory retirement 13 Jan 1874 at age 62.

George Cullum died on 28 February 1892 in New York City, New York, and is buried in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.

Battery Cullum on Fort Pickens, Florida, is named after him.


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