By McKenzie Jeter
He attended United States Military Academy in 1843 and graduated in 1847, ranked as 18th out of 38 graduates.
He was commissioned as second lieutenant in the 2nd U.S. Artillery and fought in the Mexican-American war
First Battle of Bull Run
In July of The First Battle of Bull Run he temporarily commanded for General David Hunter. After commanding for 90 days he was out of service in August and moved up to brigadier general of volunteers and assigned to train the brigades of the Army of the Potomac.
General McClellan refused to bring back up and the battle ended in a win for the Confederates.