USMA should be abolished (etc.)

11 January 2010

Yet another West Point item, joining the 3 books and several other journal articles in my site on the history of West Point: The Attack upon West Point during the Civil War, a paper published in 1939, detailing a flare-up in popular opposition to the Academy from Northerners who viewed it, or professed to view it, as a hotbed of Confederate sentiment, aristocratic leanings, and treason; onto this bandwagon leapt a few politicians from the radical wing of Lincoln’s Republican party. The Union reverses at the beginning of the War between the States were responsible for this flare-up; as soon as the North started winning, it died down.

The attack still holds a lesson for today’s Academy: beware of creeping feelings of superiority; and remember that not only technical training but courage and common sense win wars, of course.

The homepage of my American history site (26 books, 12,000 pages of print, 600 images in 800+ webpages) is here.

Herman Haupt and Mule’s Ears

27 December 2009

Two small items, one serious, the other hilarious; you will guess which is which, of course. Herman Haupt: biographical sketch from Cullum’s Register (a West Pointer largely responsible for the success of the Union Army’s military railroad system in the War between the States), and Mule Ear Currency (a tale from the West, maybe even a true one).

The homepage of my American history site (26 books, 12,000 pages of print, 600 images in 800+ webpages) is here.

Diplomatic archbishop

16 September 2009

Many Americans think that the Constitution mandates a total separation of church and state: the government should have nothing to do whatsoever with any religious organization. This is a recent development, though; in the 19c, the U. S. Government had a special battalion of Mormons in the U. S. Army; it paid Quakers and Catholics and others to educate native Americans; and, in the little item I just put up today, it commissioned a Catholic archbishop as a diplomatic representative: read all about it. (Oh, and in case you’re still wondering, what the Constitution prohibits is the establishment of any religious belief; which presumably includes atheism and secular humanism.)

The homepage of my American history site (25 books, 12,000 pages of print, 600 images in 800+ webpages) is here.