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Jefferson Davis at West Point Stumbled upon this reference while searching for something else... but it piqued my curiosity due to the fact so many West Point-trained men occupied senior positions during the War of the Rebellion, and especially after reading that, “no change was made to the entrance conditions [to gain admission to the United States Military Academy] until 1866.” Besides courses on offer, the style of uniform and description of military training, and conditions endured at the time, significant personalities mentioned include Ethan Allen Hitchcock, Major W. I. Worth, Ormsby Mitchel, Leonidas Polk, Robert E. Lee, Joseph E. Johnston, John B. McGruder, Albert Sidney Johnston, Crafts Wright, Henry Clay, Jr. Some already mentioned, but USMA alumni J. Davis (USMA 1828) due to presence of three classes above and three classes below, would have known at West Point: Class of 1825 Daniel Donelson (Fort Donelson) and Robert Anderson (Fort Sumter); Class of 1826 Albert Sidney Johnston; Class of 1827 William Maynadier (Island No.10) Napoleon Buford (Island No.10) Leonidas Polk, Thomas Worthington; Class of 1828 George Chase (Pensacola fortifications) Crafts J. Wright (13th Missouri Infantry at Shiloh); Class of 1829 Robert E. Lee, Joseph E. Johnston, Ormsby M. Mitchel, Thomas Davies; Class of 1830 John B. McGruder, Robert Buchanan (officer responsible for ending US Grant's Army career); Class of 1831 Jacob Ammen, Thomas McKean, Lucius Northrop and Samuel Curtis (Battle of Pea Ridge.) This reference is provided for background information, as a means to help understand the conditions and training endured by cadets during four years at West Point. And for those with greater interest in the Military Academy of the early 19th Century, there are a dozen additional references listed, at the bottom of pages of the text. Jefferson Davis at West Point by Walter L. Fleming (first published in Proceedings of the Tenth Annual Meeting of the Mississippi Historical Society) this copy published at Baton Rouge by LSU in 1910. https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=hvd.32044020445540&view=1up&seq=5 J. Davis at West Point made available by HathiTrust.
A diary with a difference: My Diary, North and South by William Howard Russell, commences March 1861(before the Attack on Fort Sumter) and finishes in March 1862, as McClellan heads towards the Peninsula. Therefore, this work contains nothing concerning the fighting at Battle of Shiloh. However, what makes this report unusual: William H. Russell was a journalist for The Times of London, and was dispatched to America to report on the increasingly bellicose affairs taking place; Russell sent those weekly reports back to London for publication (which directly influenced the way England viewed the American upheaval), and also had many columns printed in New York newspapers. And Russell was granted access -- North and South -- to the key leaders and decision-makers who would gain prominence as events unfolded. The very observant reporter, with a gift for portrayal of people and places, met and recorded his impressions of the following: President Lincoln and his Cabinet (from page 38), President Davis and his Cabinet (page 172), PGT Beauregard (page 121), Braxton Bragg (p.206), William Hardee (p.193), Gideon Pillow (p.306), David Dixon Porter (p.202), Benjamin Prentiss (p.329), fellow Englishman Henry Binmore (p.333), John C. Fremont (p.397), William "Bull" Nelson (page 48), and many others (enter last name in Search Box at top of archive.org page.) As well, impressions of Philadelphia, New York City (before and after start of war), Washington, Baltimore, Montgomery, Pensacola, New Orleans, Memphis and Cairo (and Fort Sumter and Fort Pickens) make for interesting reading. Over 600 pages, this work was published in Boston in 1863; and is available at archive.org: http://archive.org/stream/mydiarynorth00russrich#page/n9 Cheers Ozzy