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West Point-graduation In the winter of 1838-9 I was attending school at Ripley, only ten miles distant from Georgetown, but spent the Christmas holidays at home. During this vacation my father received a letter from the Honorable Thomas Morris, then United States Senator from Ohio. When he read it he said to me, Ulysses, I believe you are going to receive the appointment. What appointment? I inquired. To West Point; I have applied for it. But I won't go, I said. He said he thought I would, and I thought so too, if he did. I really had no objection to going to West Point, except that I had a very exalted idea of the acquirements necessary to get through. I did not believe I possessed them, and could not bear the idea of failing. There had been four boys from our village, or its immediate neighborhood, who had been graduated from West Point, and never a failure of any one appointed from Georgetown, except in the case of the one whose place I was to take. He was the son of
West Point-graduation In the winter of 1838-9 I was attending school at Ripley, only ten miles
To West Point; I have applied for it.
But I won't go, I s te neighborhood, who had been graduated from West Point, and never a failure of any one appointed fr generally known that there was a vacancy at West Point from our district until I was appointed.
I o, informing him that there was a vacancy at West Point from our district, and that he would be glad , that I can think of. Of the graduates from West Point, all had citizenship elsewhere at the breaki Bailey was the cadet who had preceded me at West Point.
He was killed in West Virginia, in his fir
As far as I know, every boy who has entered West Point from that village since my time has been gra hese ten weeks were shorter than one week at West Point.
Persons acquainted with the Academy kno campment General [Winfield S.] Scott visited West Point, and reviewed the cadets.
With his commandi [6 more...]