From West Point to Fort Sumter

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Overview

  • From West Point to Fort Sumter traces the development of eight prominent Civil War generals from their days at the United States Military Academy at West Point to their initial involvement in the Civil War.

  • From the Union side, I have selected Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, George B. McClellan, and Philip Sheridan.

  • The Confederate generals that are profiled are Robert E. Lee, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, James Longstreet, and J.E.B. Stuart. 

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Classes

  • Class 1 - West Point - Plebes arrive at West Point to begin their engineering and military training. 

  • Class 2 - Early Military Career - The commissioned officers begin their military career. 

  • Class 3 - The Mexican American War - The Mexican American War provides an opportunity to apply their military training to combat and to distinguish themselves on the battlefield. 

  • Class 4 - Between Wars - The peacetime army provides few opportunities for advancement. Sheridan and Stuart begin their careers. Lee returns to West Point as Superintendent. 

  • Class 5 - The Civil War Begins - As the war begins, many officers are out of the military pursuing civilian careers. The peacetime army provides few opportunities for advancement. Sheridan and Stuart begin their careers. Lee is offered command of Union Army

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Revised 10/02/2013