West Point and the Civil War

Surrender of General Lee to General Grant at Appomattox Court House

Many scholars of military history call the first two decades before the Civil War the “Golden Age” of West Point. Indeed, it was a transitional period from civilians that were directly commissioned and rose through the ranks into a professionally trained army. By the beginning of the Civil War, 75 percent of the officers were West Point graduates. The Civil War is often referred to as the first modern war. It was the largest war ever…



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