and the youngest, Arthur
, is a captain in the army, attached to the staff of General Wright
The first school to which George was sent was kept by Mr. Sears Cook Walker
, a graduate of Harvard College in 1825, and a man of distinguished scientific merit, who died in January, 1853.
He remained four years under Mr. Walker
's charge, and from him was transferred to a German teacher, named Schipper, under whom he began the study of Greek
He next went to the preparatory school of the University
, which was kept by Dr. Crawford
, and in 1840 entered the University
itself, where he remained two years. He was a good scholar, and held a high rank in his class, both at school and in college; but he was not a brilliant or precocious lad. His taste was for solid studies: he made steady but not very rapid progress in every thing he undertook, but he had not the qualities of mind that make the show-boy of a school.
In June, 1842, he entered the Military Academy at West Point
, being then fifteen years and six months old. He went there in obedience to his general inclination for a military life.
He had no particular fondness for mathematical studies, and was not aware that they formed so large a part of the course of instruction at the Academy.
Having a modest estimate of his own powers and attainments, it was a source of surprise as well as pleasure to him to find, at the examination in January, 1843, that he was coming out one of the best scholars in the class.