The U.S. Military Academy Class of 1846 stands out as possibly the most poignant in West Point's history.

Those 59 classmates, who studied, trained and made friendships together at the academy, included 22 who achieved the rank of general during the American Civil War — 12 on the Union side and 10 on the Confederate.

Among them were George B. McClellan, briefly general-in-chief of the Union Army; Confederate General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, who died at Chancellorsville; and George E. Pickett, who led the unsuccessful Confederate charge at Gettysburg.


Attachment 159373. George B. McClellan


Attachment 159374. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson


Attachment 159375. George E. Pickett