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of the course especially he found very hard—so much so that he became discouraged.
After the unauthorized festivities of Christmas, particularly, he seemed much depressed.
On the 26th he asked me which I would prefer to be, an officer of the army or a farmer in Kentucky?
I replied in a way which aroused his ambition to accomplish what he had set out to do in coming to West Point, without regard to preference between farming and soldiering.
He went to work in good earnest, and passed the January examination, though by a very narrow margin.
From that time on he did not seem to have so much difficulty.
When we were fighting each other so desperately, fifteen years later, I wondered whether Hood remembered the encouragement I had given him to become a soldier, and came very near thinking once or twice that perhaps I had made a mistake.
But I do not believe that public enmity ever diminished my personal regard for my old friend and classmate.
In thinking of McPherson, I recall an
yetteville, Ark., military movements near, 62
Fiat money, 531-534
Fifth Missouri Regiment, in battle of Wilson's Creek, 47
Fighting-cocks, an illustration, 305, 306
Finance, the laws of, 532-534
Financial education, 533
First Indiana Cavalry, action at Fredericktown, Mo., Oct. 20, 21, 1861, 52, 53
First Kansas Infantry, service in Missouri, 37
First Military District, Virginia formed into the, 395; S. appointed commander of, 395, 397
First Missouri Artillery (late 1st Mo. V. I.), in action near Fredericktown, Mo., 51-53
First Missouri Volunteer Infantry, its record and services, 35; S. appointed major of, 35; in battle of Boonville, 37; S. assumes command of, 48; converted into artillery, 48, 50, 51.
See also first Missouri artillery.
First Missouri Volunteers (colored), organization of the, 99
First U. S. Artillery, ordered to Fort Moultrie, 18; S. appointed second lieutenant in, 19, 183; outbreak of yellow fever in, 20, 183
First U. S. Cavalry