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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Military Academy, United States (search)
, and this is granted at the expiration of the first two years. The pay of a cadet is $540 per year. The number of students at the academy is usually about 425. An annual board of visitors is appointed, seven by the President of the United States, two by the president of the Senate, and three by the speaker of the House of Representatives. They visit the academy in June, and are present at the concluding exercises of the graduating class of the year. The superintendent in 1901 was Col. Albert L. Mills, U. S. A. (q. v.), and the military and academic staff consisted of seventy-two persons. Upon graduation, the class is divided by the academic board into three sections of varying and unequal numbers, according to class rank; the highest, usually very small, is recommended for appointment in any corps of the army; the second in any corps, excepting the engineers and the third in any corps, excepting engineers and artillery. Commissions for the rank of second lieutenant are then
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Mills, Albert Leopold 1854- (search)
Mills, Albert Leopold 1854- Military officer; born in New York City, May 7, 1854; graduated at the United States Military Academy, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the 1st United States Cavalry, and selected as military instructor in 1879; Professor of Military Science and Tactics in the South Carolina Academy in 1886; promoted first lieutenant of 1st Cavalry in 1889; adjutant of 1st Cavalry in 1890-94; and promoted captain of the 6th Cavalry, Oct. 8, 1898. In the war with Spain (1898) he was appointed captain and assistant adjutantgeneral of volunteers May 12. He served on the frontier during the war against the Sioux Indians in 1890; was engaged in the Santiago campaign at Las Guasimas and Santiago City, in 1898, where he was wounded; was brevetted major and promoted lieutenant-colonel for gallantry; and was appointed superintendent of the United States Military Academy, Aug. 8, 1898. He is author of Campaigns in 1862 in Virginia.