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PREFACE.

This History of West Point is designed to supply a want which all interested in the antecedents of the Post, or in the origin and progress of the United States Military Academy, have long desired to see supplied.

Emanating from the Custodian of the records of the Academy, who has been an instructor for many years in the Institution, and for many years in one of our prominent literary Colleges, the statements put forth are believed to be correct, and the comparisons instituted cannot be regarded as purely speculative.

If errors are found to exist, it is hoped, nevertheless, that a nucleus of truth has been established, which invites amendment and improvement.

No claim to literary merit or originality is asserted. The labors of Ruttenber on the “ Obstructions of the Hudson,” and of Sargeant on the “Life of André," have been freely used, with the consent of the authors or publishers. To these may be added extracts from the North American and Quarterly Reviews; and the whole, having been subjected to revision by competent authorities at the Academy, is, with their approbation, respectfully submitted.

To the Rev. ROSWELL PARK, D. D., Chancellor of Racine College, Wisconsin, and pioneer author of a Sketch of West Point; Mr. GEORGE H. Moore, Librarian of the New York Historical Society; Mr. H. B. Dawson ; Lieutenant ELDERKIN, U. S. A., and Cadets LYDECKER and PETRIKIN, of the Military Academy, the author is indebted for courteous assistance in the preparation of the volume.

ADJUTANT'S OFFICE,
WEST Point, N. Y., September 30th, 1863.

LIST OF AUTHORITIES.

In the preparation of this History the following works have been freely consulted, and from some of them copious extracts have been taken :

AUTHENTIC NARRATIVE OF THE CAPTURE OF ANDRÉ. By Joshua Hett

Smith. AMERICAN STATE PAPERS,— Military Affairs. AMERICAN ARCHIVES. AMERICAN QUARTERLY REVIEW. Vol. XXII. AMERICAN Historical MagaZINE, Notes and Queries, &c., of America. Battles OF THE UNITED STATES, BY SEA AND Land. By H. B. Dawson. CORRESPONDENCE OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, being Letters of Eminent

Men to George Washington. By J. Sparks. IIistory of WESTCHESTER County. By R. Bolton. IIistory of Orange County. By S. W. Eager. HISTORY OF PUTNAM County. By W. J. Blake. Life of BENEDICT Arnold: Library of American Biography. By J. Sparks. Life of Major John ANDRÉ. By W. Sargeant. MANUSCRIPTS OF MAJOR GEORGE FLEMING. Library of the l'. S. Military

Academy. MANUSCRIPTS OF MAJOR-GENERAL GATES: Library of the New York Histor

ical Society. MANUSCRIPTS OF COLONEL LAMB: Library of the New York Historical

Society. MEMOIRS OF MAJOR-GENERAL Heath. By Himself. MEMOIRS OF Colonel BENJAMIN TallmaDGE. By Himself. MEMOIRS OF THE LIFE AND Times of GENERAL John LAMB. By I. Q. Leake. Military JorexAL DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY War. By James

Thatcher.

NORTH AMERICAN Review. LVII. 1843.
OBSTRUCTIONS OF THE Hudson River. By E. M. Ruttenber. (Munsell's

Hist. Series. No. V.]
Official Records at the United States Military Academy.
PICTORIAL FIELD-BOOK OF THE REVOLUTION. By B. J. Lossing.
REGISTER OF THE OFFICERS AND GRADUATES of the U. S. Military Academy.

By Capt. G. W. Oullum.
REPORTS OF THE BOARDS OF Visitors at the U. S. Military Academy.
Report Mil. COMMITTEE: House of Representatives, No. 466.
REVOLUTIONARY ORDERS OF GENERAL WASHINGTON. By H. Whiting.
WRITINGS OF GEORGE WASHINGTON. By J. Sparks.

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