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Chapter 7: at West Point as instructor, 1857-61; the outbreak of the Civil War With my little family I left New York for West Point, September 23, 1857. We asc
h Carolina, he concluded that he would not fight in a civil war, and so early in 1861 tendered his resignation.
His son Alfred is now a brigadier general on the reti sonnel of our nation, and the lines of attempted separation near the outbreak of 1861, running as they did between comrade and comrade, neighbor and neighbor, and eve ; junior officers and cadets appreciated this feature of his administration.
By 1861 he had grown gray in service; he had given to the army his light infantry tactic deracy.
There were thirty-six officers of junior rank at West Point in 1860 and 1861; twenty-four from Northern and twelve from Southern States.
Their names have si ainly a good exhibit for our national school.
After the beginning of the year 1861 the causes of excitement were on the increase.
The simple fact of Abraham Linco
Chapter 7: at West Point as instructor, 1857-61; the outbreak of the Civil War With my little family I left New York for West Point, September 23, 1857. We ascended the Hudson on the steamer Thomas Powell, and immediately after landing went to Roe's Hotel, the only public house upon the military reservation. Here we took a suite of rooms and were rather crowded. for about a month. At first, there being no quarters vacant, I could get none assigned to me on account of my low rank. Ac
he Young Men's Christian Association was formed and took charge of the meetings.
Nearly the whole corps of cadets are now members of this association, and the meetings have been continued without interruption for fifty years.
Our commandant in 1857, Lieutenant Colonel William J. Hardee, had a family of two daughters and one son. One day Colonel Hardee and myself had a long walk together beyond the limits of our reservation.
He had previously expressed a desire that I should teach his childr