I never expected to use afterward was the only study in which I graduated at the head.
thought, as I did, that it made no difference where I stood in tactics.
Among all the tactical officers of our time, Lieutenant John M. Jones
was esteemed the most accomplished soldier and tactician, and the most rigid but just and impartial disciplinarian.
It had been my good fortune to enjoy his instruction while I was private, corporal
, sergeant, and lieutenant, and I fully shared with others in the above high estimate of his character.
I even flattered myself that my soldierly conduct in all that time had not escaped his favorable notice.
When my case was before the court of inquiry in the summer of 1852, the professors who had been called to testify gave me a high character as a faithful, diligent student.
When Lieutenant Jones
was called to testify as to my character as a soldier, he replied that, in his opinion, it was very bad!
While I was not a little surprised and disappointed at that revelation of the truth from the lips of the superior whom I so highly respected, and did not doubt for a moment his better judgment, I could not be unmindful of the fact that the other tactical officers did not know me so well, and had not so high a reputation as Lieutenant Jones
in respect to discipline; and I felt at liberty to avail myself, in my own interest, of the opportunity suggested by this reflection.
Hence, when, after my complete restoration to the academy in January, I found my demerits accumulating with alarming rapidity, I applied for and obtained a transfer to Company C, where I would be under Lieutenant Cogswell
and Cadet Captain Vincent
, my beloved classmate, who had cordially invited me to share his room in barracks.
John B. Hood
was a jolly good fellow, a little discouraged at first by unexpected hard work; but he fought his way manfully to the end. He was not quite