the course at West Point
, he stood second in general rank in the largest class which had ever left the Academy.
In Engineering and Geology he was first.
The highest scholar in the class was Charles G. Stewart
, now a major of engineers.
He came out first because he was more uniformly strict in complying with the rules and regulations of the Academy, as well as more attentive to its regular studies.
was graduated in the summer of 1846, before he had completed his twentieth year.
Few young men have ever left West Point
better fitted by mental discipline and solid attainments for the profession of arms than he. He had also a precious gift of nature itself, in that sound health and robust constitution which are large elements of success in every department of life, but without which distinction in a military career is almost hopeless.
He was of middle height, and his frame was well proportioned, with broad shoulders and deep chest.
His muscular strength and activity were very great, and all manly exercises came easy to him. He was patient of heat and cold, capable of severe and long-continued application, and able to sustain fatigues and exposures under which most men would have broken down.
Such he was at the age of twenty, and such he is now. Aided by strictly temperate habits, his body has always been the active and docile servant of his mind.
In all the toils and exposures of his military life, in sickly climes and at sickly seasons, he has preserved uninterrupted good health.