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For Brotherhood and Duty: The Civil War History of the West Point Class of 1862

Brian R. McEnany


Many histories have been written about West Point and some of its famous graduates, but very few address an entire class. For Brotherhood and Duty is a narrative history of the Class of 1862 from the time its members first entered the United States Military Academy in 1858 through the end of the Civil War. These cadets watched as their superintendent, commandant, and instructors changed frequently, eleven states seceded from the Union to form the Confederacy, and resignations left the class at half strength before graduation. The remaining members of this class “joined in a common cause,” as e ... More

Keywords: West Point, Civil War, Cadets, Union, Resignations, Secession, Sectionalism, Allegiance, Campaigns, Admission, Oaths

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780813160627
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813160627.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian R. McEnany, author