To the Point: The United States Military Academy, 1802-1902

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Acknowledgments

Few writers have had as much help as I have been given during the last four years. Every individual on the following list has contributed to my efforts. Some have assisted my research; some have provided material support by long and objective oral interviews; others gave advice and moral support. Several have read my manuscript and given me astute and positive comments. Others gave me materials from their personal files. To each and every individual I give my heartfelt thanks and appreciation.

My work has been made incalculably easier by the help of many individuals. Thomas K. McManus has given me complete support and advice and has served more or less as my father confessor; without his help and encouragement this work probably would not have been started, let alone completed. Lieutenant General Dave R. Palmer while Superintendent assisted in every possible way, including submitting to an extensive series of oral interviews. His successor, Lieutenant General Howard Graves, has continued Dave's support.

Brigadier General Paul Berrigan; Lieutenant General Garrison H. Davidson, former Superintendent, USMA; Thomas K. McManus, and Colonel Arthur Roth, all Class of 1927, were my advisors, "murder board," readers, and energetic supporters. General Berrigan and Mr. McManus made it possible for each member of the West Point Class of 1992 to recieve a copy of my history from the Class of 1927 in observance of the sixty-fifth anniversary of its graduation.

Colonel John K. Robertson has been a blessing. He has been one of my readers, provided computer support and advice, shared his own research in early West Point history and his in-process catalog of officers stationed at the Academy, Who Was Who, 1802-1990. During his own research in the National Archives,

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations xi
  • Foreword xiii
  • Preface xvii
  • Acknowledgments xix
  • 1775-1802 1
  • 1 - The Foundation is Laid 3
  • 1802-1817 23
  • 2 - Struggle for Survival 25
  • 3 - Existence in Name Only 45
  • 4 - Right Man at the Right Time? 61
  • 5 - Deliver Your Sword to the Bearer 75
  • 1817-1828 97
  • 6 - The Rebuilding Begins 99
  • 7 - Governed by the Rules and Articles of War 119
  • 8 - Still in a State of Progressive Development 129
  • 9 - Members of One Brotherhood 149
  • 1829-1833 183
  • II - I Have the Honor to Tender My Resignation 185
  • 12 - I Believe It the Best School in the World 205
  • 1833-1852 219
  • 13 - A Firm Hand is Needed 221
  • 14 - Preparing for the Ultimate Test 239
  • 15 - We Follow, Close Order, Behind You 261
  • 1852-1865 279
  • 16 - The Ante-Bellum Army 281
  • 17 - When Shall We Meet Again? 287
  • 18 - Adhere to Your Purpose 323
  • 1865-1902 351
  • 19 - All Institutions Are Imperfect and Subject to the Law of Change 353
  • 20 - Guard Well Your Heritage 387
  • 1902 417
  • 21 - The Corps and the Corps and the Corps 419
  • Appendix A Superintendents, U.S. Military Academy 423
  • Appendix B Commandants of Cadets 427
  • Appendix C Deans of the Academic Board 431
  • Appendix D The 1780 Map of West Point: An Unintentional Historical Hoax 433
  • Appendix E Comments on Sources 437
  • Bibliography 447
  • Index 467
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