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

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Appendix E
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 I have consulted hundreds of letters, diaries, and unpublished memoirs.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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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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