The Life of Ulysses S. Grant
by James Harrison Wilson (9780217596541)

The Life of Ulysses S. Grant
James Harrison Wilson
Release Date: 16 August 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 292
ISBN: 9780217596541
ISBN-10: 0217596541

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. ESTERS WEST POINT?CADET LIFE?POSITION IN HIS CLASS?EXCELS IN MILITARY EXERCISES?SURPASSES IN HORSEMANSHIP?ESCAPES MUCH OF THE HAZING USUALLY INFLICTED UPON NEW CADETS? DOES NOT APPROVE OF BOISTEROUS PRANKS COMMON AMONGST CADEJS?ON LEAVE OF ABSENCE?RETURNS TO WEST POINT MAKES THE USUAL EXPEDITIONS TO BENNY HAVENS?IS NOT INDUCED TO TASTE LIQUOR NOR SMOKE?AMUSEMENTS?NOT ENTHUSIASTIC?SUBMITS READILY TO DISCIPLINE?CAPTAIN SMITH ? PROFESSORS?COURSE OF INSTRUCTION?CLASS-MATES?REFLECTIONS ON THE EDUCATION OF WEST POINT?SCHOLARSHIP?GRADUATES TWENTY-FIRST IN HIS CLASS. On the 1st day of July, 1839, Ulysses S. Grant, then about seventeen years of age and slightly above five feet in hight, was regularly enrolled amongst the cadets at the Military Academy. Although his previous education had not been conducted with any special reference to the requirements of West Point, he had no difficulty in passing a searching preliminary examination in reading, writing, spelling and the ground rules of arithmetic. The battalion of cadets having removed from barracks to the usual summer encampment, young Grant soon found himself in common with his classmates, rapidly inducted into all the mysteries of cadet life. Under the skillful hand of a third class-man, who had already been thoroughly, " set up as a soldier," he was rapidly taught the military position, squad drill, and manual of arms. Guard duty, field artillery, and academic exercises followed in their turn. Having satisfactorily passed the semi-annual January There were two Grants in this class, "Grant E." and "Grant U. S." The latter, as was stated at the close of the last chapter, was called " Uncle Sam," and thus distinguished from his class-mate. examination, which is usually fatal to the hopes of dull and incorri...

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