I, CADET U. S. Grant, OF THE STATE OF Ohio, AGED seventeen YEARS AND two MONTHS, DO HEREBY ENGAGE, WITH THE CONSENT OF MY GUARDIAN, TO SERVE IN THE ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES FOR EIGHT YEARS, UNLESS SOONER DISCHARGED BY THE PROPER AUTHORITY. AND I, CADET U. S. Grant, DO HEREBY PLEDGE MY WORD OF HONOR AS A GENTLEMAN, THAT I WILL FAITHFULLY OBSERVE TIIE RULES AND ARTICLES OF WAR, THE REGULATIONS FOR THE MILITARY ACADEMY; AND THAT I WILL IN LIKE MANNER, OBSERVE AND OBEY THE ORDERS OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, AND THE ORDERS OF THE OFFICERS APPOINTED OVER ME, ACCORDING TO THE RULES AND DISCIPLINE OF WAR. SUBSCRIBED TO AT WEST POINT, N. Y., THIS 14th DAY OF September EIGHTEEN HUNDRED AND thirty nine, IN PRESENCE OF G G Waggaman
U S GRANT
DS, USMA. Only the signature is by USG. 1st Lt. George G. Waggaman of Va., USMA 1835, was appointed assistant instructor of inf. tactics at USMA on Aug. 29, 1837, and adjt. on Feb. 17, 1839.
The chain of events which took USG to USMA began when G. Bartlett Bailey, son of Dr. George Bailey of Georgetown, Ohio, received an appointment to USMA in 1837 through Congressman Thomas L. Hamer. Young Bailey encountered academic difficulties before the year was out. Renominated by Hamer, Bailey reentered in July, 1838, but resigned in three months. Dr. and Mrs. Bailey tried to keep their son's resignation secret, but Jesse Root Grant found it out and approached his friend, Senator Thomas Morris, for an appointment for his son, Ulysses. Jesse Grant learned from Morris that an appointment would have to come through Congressman Hamer.
Jesse Grant and Thomas Hamer were close personal and political friends from the time Grant moved to Georgetown in 1823 until the election of 1832. Hamer and his former law preceptor, Thomas Morris, were opposing candidates for Congress, with Jesse Grant supporting Morris. At the end of considerable newspaper warfare, Jesse Grant publicly renounced Hamer's friendship. "Mr. Hamer would do well to try to remove the beam from his own eye, before he picks the mote from his neighbor's—to brush away the glaring inconsistencies, that hung about his own political character, before he attempts to condemn others— and finally, to wash his hands, and purify his heart, from gross deceit, before he attempts to accuse others of acting hypocritically. Mr. Hamer's course here, is but a verification of the sayings, of many of his acquaintances. —That he would at any time sacrifice a tried personal friend, to buy over two enemies, who will