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The War Department commissions the twenty-six graduates of the West Point class of 1863

United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, circa 1861
06/15/1863
Twenty -six new 1863 graduates of the U.S. Military Academy received their commissions.  Eight went to the Corps of Engineers, seven to the Ordnance Department, six to the regular artillery, four to the regular cavalry, and two to the regular infantry.  All were ordered to report to Washington DC on July 15, 1863 for their orders.  The head of the class, John Rogers Meigs, son of General Montgomery Meigs was assigned to the Engineers.  He was killed by Confederate guerillas in Virginia while already a brevet major on October 3, 1864. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
 War Department, Thomas M. O"Brien, Oliver Diefendorf (eds), General Orders of the War Department, Embracing the years 1861, 1862, 1863  ...  (New York: Derby and Miller, 1864), 200-201.
"An Interesting Historical Letter," Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Volume XXV (Philadelphia, PA: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1901), 77-79.

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