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John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter I (search)
Parentage and early life appointment to West Point Virginian room Mates acquaintance with Gefe. The young man who had been appointed to West Point from our district only a year or two before ved a boy with that record could get through West Point, the training there being, in his opinion, ach was sold to fit me out for my journey to West Point, including some inexpensive visits en route.nkees. In that remark I found my mission at West Point, as in after life, to be, as far as possibleght have been preserved. My experience at West Point did not differ in many particulars from the r this long experience, that nothing else at West Point was either so enjoyable or so beneficial to ependent thought are the best ever devised. West Point training of the mind is practically perfect.as never paid. The only other bet I made at West Point was on Buchanan's election; but that was in saying: It is all right. You can go back to West Point. The Secretary has given me his promise. I[3 more...]
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter II (search)
d to duty in the Department of philosophy at West Point interest in astronomy marriage a hint froy in respect to the demands of discipline at West Point. Still I had as good a time, that graduatinor. A young man who had been in my class at West Point, but had resigned before the class had gradury. But I had stood very high in drawing at West Point, and could not allow myself to be disturbed irst lieutenant and detailing me for duty at West Point. So Hill and I came out of Florida togetherexperience. I never had any more trouble at West Point, though I did have much difficulty in helpin, generally and perfectly well understood at West Point. The object there is to develop the mental,ysics, a young gentleman named Drown came to West Point, and asked me to give him some private lesso few years instead of a lifetime. In that West Point observatory I had one of the many opportunito the command of the army, and was buried at West Point by the side of our first-born son, who had d[3 more...]
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter VII (search)
al moment McPherson seems to have been a little timid. I believe the error was Sherman's, not McPherson's; that McPherson was correct in his judgment, which certainly was mine (after passing over the same ground and fighting the battle of Resaca), that his force was entirely too small for the work assigned it. I had not the same opportunity General Sherman had of judging of McPherson's qualities as a commander; but I knew him well and intimately, having sat upon the same bench with him at West Point for four years, and been his room-mate for a year and a half. His was the most completely balanced mind and character with which I have ever been intimately acquainted, although he did not possess in a very high degree the power of invention or originality of thought. His personal courage seemed to amount to unconsciousness of danger, while his care of his troops cannot, I believe, be justly characterized otherwise than as wise prudence. I consider this to be only a just tribute to the
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter VIII (search)
the corps. I could not compete with Mac at all in the lettering business, but I tried to follow his good example, in my own way, by helping the boys over knotty points in math and phil. I had taught district school one winter before going to West Point, and hence had acquired the knack of explaining things. Hood was not well up in mathematics. The first part 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 fighti
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter IX (search)
E. B. Stuart, in trying to get between Sheridan and Richmond, which gave Sheridan the advantage and led to Stuart's defeat. Stuart had ridden hard all night, and got between Sheridan and Richmond, his men and horses exhausted, while Sheridan had been resting and feeding his men and animals. In the morning Sheridan rode over his exhausted antagonist. These are among the many cases where exaggerated ideas of the importance of places have led to the defeat of armies. I knew Stuart well at West Point, he having been in the class next to mine. He then gave promise of his future brilliant career as a cavalry leader. The only specially hazardous part of Sherman's movement was that which would fall to my lot—namely, to hold the pivot against a possible attack of Hood's whole army while Thomas and Howard should swing round it, and then draw out and join them after the swing was made. Upon my reporting that I was perfectly willing to undertake this task, and had no doubt of the ability
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter XIII (search)
ver had the remotest idea of superseding General Thomas. As I explained to General Sherman, I volunteered to go back to Tennessee, not to supersede Thomas, but to help him. I knew him and his subordinates well, as I did also the antagonist, my West Point classmate, whom they would have to meet. I appreciated Thomas's high qualities, his distinguished services, and, above all, the profound affection and confidence of his troops—an element of strength in a commander far greater than is generall our lifetime, a proper audience for such discussion. But posterity will award justice to all if their deeds have been such as to save their names from oblivion. Time works legitimate revenge, and makes all things even. When I was a boy at West Point I was courtmar-tialed for tolerating some youthful deviltry of my classmates, in which I took no part myself, and was sentenced to be dismissed. Thomas, then already a veteran soldier, was a member of the court, and he and one other were the o
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter XX (search)
m the government of Mexico, the officers and soldiers to be taken from the Union and Confederate forces, who were reported to be eager to enlist in such an enterprise. The Mexican authorities proposed to furnish the means by which this army should be paid and the expenses of military operations defrayed, and to that end a loan was to be negotiated in the United States. To facilitate the enlistment and equipment of the proposed army corps, General Grant gave me a manuscript order, dated West Point, July 25, 1865, addressed to General P. H. Sheridan, then commanding the Military Division of the Gulf, with a large force near the Mexican frontier. The following is a copy of General Grant's order: head quarters armies of the United States. West Point, N. Y., July 25, 1865. Maj.-Gen. P. H. Sheridan, Commanding Mil. Div. of the Gulf. General: Maj.-General J. M. Schofield goes to the Rio Grande on an inspection tour, carrying with him a leave of absence for one year, with auth
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter XXIV (search)
Chapter XXIV Superintendent at West Point General Sherman's ulterior reasons for the ap anxiety to have me accept the assignment to West Point. But very soon after my arrival in the Eastld I fail to see that, after all, my care of West Point had not been considered of so vital importanh outrage in future, and hence insisted that West Point be erected into a military department. By ter the case of the one colored cadet then at West Point. This cadet, whose name was Whittaker, had . Terry was chosen to succeed me. He came to West Point, August 14, for the purpose of learning fromt the proposition to relieve me from duty at West Point was in accord with my own wishes. When infovember 12, 1880, to be relieved from duty at West Point on or before the first of May following, ander the laws then existing. My relief from West Point was effected earlier than General Sherman orn my application to be relieved from duty at West Point; and I am still willing to abide by it, alth[4 more...]
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter XXIX (search)
there were, exclusive of those who went South, at least 600 officers who, after graduating at West Point, had served several years with their regiments, and were well qualified to drill a regiment a could have been fully supplied with brigade, division, and corps commanders from graduates of West Point who were thoroughly qualified by theoretical education and established character, and many of r. It may possibly happen at any time that there may not be among all the living graduates of West Point one Grant or Sherman or Sheridan, or one Lee or Johnston or Jackson. So much greater the needIn this connection, it ought to be distinctly understood that the great object of education at West Point and other military schools is not to make high commanders, but to make thorough soldiers, men ome to the front in due time. They cannot be selected in advance of actual trial in war. Even West Point, though one of the best schools in the world, can at the most only lay the foundation of a mil
John M. Schofield, Forty-six years in the Army, Chapter XXX (search)
vicious clause in the Constitution no prejudice in the army against officers not educated at West Point the need of a law Reforming the relations between the President and the commander of the armyscretionary authority. That very emergency of 1894 gave examples of officers, not educated at West Point nor at any other military school, distinguished for gallant and efficient military service in o be universal among the West Point graduates at that time. Some men who are not graduates of West Point are much better qualified for high command than some who are. Much has been said about a su a thorough lawyer, a very laborious student of the art and science of war,— more so than most West Point graduates,—and so modest that he hesitated to accept the appointment of brigadier-general in tice were better entitled to it. The general feeling in the army has no special reference to West Point. It is a feeling, and a very strong one, in favor of education, of qualification in all resp
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