Army actually won the game my plebe year at West Point, which gives you a partial idea that I’m old. That was 1977, when men were men, we ate rocks for breakfast, and the sheep ran scared. Manly men we were. Well, okay had some women too then, as we were the second class to allow women in. A girl from the class after mine, 1982, from our company– G-1– is actually the Commandant of Cadets now, which means I’m really old and she aint no girl. She’s a general.
West Point shaped a lot of this country when you consider the role of its graduates. Some curious pieces of information I had to memorize, among many others, were these, from “Bugle Notes”, issued to every New Cadet:
Essentially, the Civil War was a West Point War. As was the bloodiest war, percentage-wise, in our history that occurred just before the Civil War and blooded many of those future generals: The Mexican War. The first book in my trilogy, Duty, Honor, Country is FREE today and it starts in 1842 at West Point and takes two fictional cadets, along with their very real historical classmates, such as Ulysses S. Grant, Longstreet, George Pickett (who led the most successful charge of that war, as opposed to his later charge) from West Point to that bloody affair.
The reason our younger sibling, the Naval Academy was founded is part of the trilogy; the mutiny on board the USS Somers. A little known part of history, of which I was unaware until I was researching the book.
Note underneath the flag at the stern of the ship (that’s Navy talk for the back).
I find history fascinating and while we know what happened, often we don’t quite know WHY it happened. In the vein of HBO’s miniseries, ROME, I have my two cadets, Cord and Rumble, and they help shape the course of history!
Hope you enjoy and Go Army!