Parentage and early life
appointment to West Point
acquaintance with General Winfield Scott
character of the West Point training
importance of learning how to obey
a trip to New York on a wager
the West Point Bible
dismissed from the Academy without trial
intercession of Stephen A. Douglas
restoration to Cadet duty
James B. McPherson
John B. Hood
Robert E. Lee.
I was born in the town of Gerry, Chautauqua County, New York, September 29, 1831.
My father was the Rev. James Schofield, who was then pastor of the Baptist Church in Sinclairville, and who was from 1843 to 1881 a home missionary engaged in organizing new churches, and building meeting-houses, in Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri.
My mother was Caroline McAllister, daughter of John McAllister of Gerry.
We removed to Illinois in June, 1843, and, after a short stay in Bristol, my father made a new home for his family in Freeport, where he began his missionary work by f