of the army stationed at West Point
formed an association for erecting at that post a monument in commemoration of such officers of the regular army as shall have fallen in the service during the present war. The permission of the Secretary of War
to erect the proposed monument at West Point
was obtained, and letters were addressed to commanding generals and others, describing the project and soliciting co-operation.
Many favorable replies were received; and in January, 1864, a general circular was sent to the officers of the army, setting forth the plan and asking subscriptions.
The response to this appeal was so universal, prompt, and earnest that the committee who had the enterprise in charge felt authorized to make choice of a site for the proposed monument and have it consecrated by appropriate religious ceremonies.
Trophy Point, on the northern brow of the plain on which West Point
stands, was accordingly selected, and the 15th of June, 1864, was named as the day for its dedication.
was requested to deliver the oration.
On the appointed day the site for the proposed monument was consecrated by appropriate religious services.
The oration by General McClellan
was heard with great interest and deep attention by a very large audience, and, after its delivery, was immediately published in many of the Democratic
newspapers of the country.
It was much commended by all who had the opportunity to read it and were unprejudiced enough to avail themselves of such opportunity, for its high-toned patriotism,