Comments on Sources
Rather than burden the reader with the hundreds of footnotes required in a work of this nature, I prefer to discuss the major sources used in a short bibliographic essay for each chapter. For those historians interested in a detailed attribution of comments included in this text, I have fully anotated a copy of the manuscript, which is available in the Special Collections Division of the United States Military Academy Library.
Reasons for my decision against footnoting are readily apparent when one looks at the bibliography of sources used. I have consulted hundreds of letters, diaries, and unpublished memoirs. Journal articles, books, and official documents have been extensively and carefully reviewed. The notes that follow discuss only those sources that are considered to be the most noteworthy.
Several works have been consulted in preparing the text of almost every chapter. Instead of mentioning these references in each of the chapter essays, I am citing these in this preface. Boynton History of West Point has been used in all chapters covering the periods from 1802 through 1863. Cullum Biographical Register of Officers and Graduates, Volumes 1 through 5 have provided information about graduates and, in particular, their assignments to the Military Academy staff or faculty. The USMA Association of Graduates' Register of Graduates and Former Cadets provided information supplementing the Cullum Registers. Colonel John K. Robertson Who Was Who, 1802-1990 has provided additional information concerning assignments to the staff and faculty and traces the various changes in academic departments from 1802 to the present day. To obtain information concerning the Army in various periods, I have used Weigley The History of the United States Army, Dupuy Compact History of the United States Army, and Jacobs' The Beginning of the U.S. Army, 1783-1812. Ganoe The History of the United States Army provided details of Army history and its relationship to the Military Academy. Morris Encyclopedia of American History has provided needed information concerning contemporary events in the periods covered in each chapter. The Centennial of the United States Military Academy provided summary information concerning development of the curriculum and the contributions of graduates to the development of both the Academy and the nation. An excellent summary of Congressional Acts concerning the Military Acad
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Publication information: Book title: To the Point:The United States Military Academy, 1802-1902. Contributors: George S. Pappas - Author. Publisher: Praeger Publishers. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1993. Page number: 437.
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