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Chapter 1: Birth and parentage early education West Point enters the army services in the Mexican War The name of McClellan, common in many parts
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In June, 1842, he entered the Military Academy at West Point, being then fifteen years and six months old. He went there in obedience to h the Government cannot entirely guard the young men committed to its charge at West Point.
He showed at the start a more careful intellectual training than most of th work, but, when made, they were securely held.
At the close of the course at West Point, he stood second in general rank in the largest class which had ever left the 46, 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 o he purpose of making temporary bridges. then in the course of organization at West Point, under charge of Captain A. J. Swift.
The first lieutenant was G. W. Smith,