(the guardian of the harbor and town of Newport, Rhode Island
). Here he enjoyed a fine field for exercising his high social qualities and fondness for military display.
His princely hospitality and the brilliant show-drills with which he entained his visitors made Fort Adams
one of the most attractive features of the most celebrated watering place in America
It was, however, not until some years later, when I came under his command, that I learned to appreciate the chivalric character and admire the military ability of Colonel Magruder
This was at Fort Leavenworth
, in the fall of 1858, after the suppression of the political troubles in Kansas
The assemblage of a considerable number of artillery companies at Fort Leavenworth
suggested the establishment of a light artillery school at that place, on the plan of the school that had been created at Old Point
On this suggestion the Leavenworth school
was established in the spring of 1859. Colonel Dimick
, by virtue of his rank, became superintendent of this school.
He was an officer remarkable for purity and integrity of character; through a long experience his valor and his piety shone alike conspicuous.
Shortly after the establishment of the Leavenworth school
, Colonel Dimick
was removed to another sphere of duty, and Colonel Magruder
became his successor.
He was well-fitted for the position to which he had been assigned.
His early career in the light artillery service, in companionship with Bragg
, and Ridgely
, impressed upon him a character for dashing and bold qualities, so necessary for the light artillery officers.
On the fields of Pallo Alto, Reseca de la Palma
and Buena Vista
, and the Valley of Mexico
, the brilliant exploits of the artillery filled the army with admiration.
There it was that Magruder
learned the lessons in artillery that so well fitted him to become the instructor in after-life.
brought with him to Leavenworth
the disposition which had characterized him at Newport
Although in the West
the brilliant show-drills and dressparades were often only witnessed by a group of frontiermen, or a squad of Indians from the plains, he appeared as well satisfied as on similar occasions at Newport
, when the spectators were the gay crowd of a fashionable watering-place.
The sequel to his military exercises was usually a dinner, provided with all the taste of a connoisseur.
There were others at our school entitled to a passing notice, both on account of their military reputation and social character.
The great value of the artillery schools at Old Point
cannot be better be illustrated than by referring to some of the names which subsequent events have rendered distinguished,