Wednesday, February 23, 2011

From West Point to Fort Sumter

Starting on February 24, 2011, I will be presenting a four-session class entitled "From West Point to Fort Sumter."  This class traces the development of eight Civil War generals from their enrollment at the U. S. Military Academy at West Point to the start of the conflict at Fort Sumter.  On the Union side the class will profile U.S. Grant, George B. McClellan, William T. Sherman, and Philip H. Sheridan.  From the Confederacy, the class will highlight the development of Robert E. Lee, James Longstreet, Thomas Jackson, and J.E.B. Stuart. 

The class will cover the training they received at West Point and those instructors who shaped their early education.  After graduation these future leaders gained valuable experience under Zachary Taylor and Winfield Scott in the Mexican War.  After the war, many were forced by their economic situation to leave the army and seek civilian jobs.  The outbreak of war at Fort Sumter allowed  them to obtain high-ranking positions in the Union and Confederate armies.

Please visit From West Point to Fort Sumter to learn more about this class.  For those of you in the vicinity of Plano, TX, please visit SAIL at Collin College to register.

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