Company "A" Corps of Engineers, U.S.A., 1846-1848, in the Mexican War

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1. A total of forty-three engineer officers served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War. Of that number, nineteen served with the Corps of Engineers and twenty-four with the Corps of Topographical Engineers. For an excellent discussion of the duties of engineers, see Theophilus F. Rodenbough, The Army of the United States: Historical Sketches of Staff and Line with Portraits of Generals-in-Chief (New York: Maynard, Merrill, 1896), 113–21.

2. George W. Cullum, Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1891), 1:448. A detailed obituary of Captain Swift can be found in the New Orleans Commercial Bulletin, Apr. 27, 1847.

3. Leonne M. Hudson, The Odyssey of a Southerner: The Life and Times of Gustavus Woodson Smith (Macon, Ga.: Mercer Univ. Press, 1998), 1–12.

4. Thomas J. Roland, “George Brinton McClellan (December 3, 1826–October 29, 1885),” in Leaders of the American Civil War: A Biographical and Historiographical Dictionary, ed. Charles F. Ritter and Jon L. Wakelyn (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1998), 259–70.

5. John C. Waugh, The Class of 1846, from West Point to Appomattox: Stonewall Jackson, George McClellan and Their Brothers (New York: Warner Books, 1994), 75–76.

6. Alexander J. Swift to his father, Aug. 16, 1846, Alexander J. Swift Papers, Special Collections and Archives Division, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

7. New Orleans Commercial Bulletin, Apr. 27, 1847; see also the Daily Picayune (New Orleans), Apr. 25, 1847.

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