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George Washington Cullum, 1809-1892

Nationality: American
Date of Birth: 1809
Place of Birth: NY
Date of Death: 1892.02.28
Place of Death: New York, NY


Brevet Major General George Washington Cullum was a US army officer, biographer and historian.


Cullum graduated from West Point Military Academy in 1833. Later, he served as chief of staff to General Halleck during the American Civil War, attaining brevet rank of Major General. From 1864 to 1866 he was superintendent of West Point, and later became author of the cumulative register of West Point cadets, an important source of military biography (the first edition was Register of the officers and graduates of the U.S. Military Academy, at West Point, N.Y., from March 16, 1802, to January 1, 1850, New York 1850). He also wrote on military history and tactics. There is a portrait of him by R. W. Weir in West Point Museum.


Livermore, William Roscoe 'Biographical notice of George Washington Cullum', Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, vol. xxvii, [n.d.], pp. [416]-421; Biographical register of the officers and graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., from its establishment, in 1802, to 1890. With the early history of the United States Military Academy, Boston 1891; Cullum Memorial Edition, Register of Graduates and former cadets, United States Military Academy, West Point, 1980, No. 709.