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CHAPTER III. HIE MILITARY ACADEMY ? FORMATION OF LIFE FRIENDSHIPS ?
DRILL AND DISCIPLINE ? SHAVING A BISON ?CADET RANK - "BENNY HAVENS,
O! " ? PROFICIENCY IN STUDIES ? FIN AL EXAMINATIONS?CHANGING THE
GRAY FOR THE BLUE. WEST POINT was a glorious laboratory for the
transformation of an awkward country lad, fresh from his
work-bench, into ''an officer and a gentleman." To young Burnside
the militarv academy, with its surroundings, appeared like fairy
land, and he was charmed with what he saw. There was the parade-
ground on which Washington witnessed battalion drills bv that
irascible tactician, Baron Steuben, and the romantic haunt of
Kosciuszko still retained its picturesque beauty. Near by was Stony
Point, the scene of Wayne's exploit, and on everv hand were
eloquent testimonials of the vigor of our soldiers and of the
achievements of our armies. The class of 1847, which entered the
militarv academy on the 1st of July, 1843, numbered fifty-three
cadets, from every section of the United States. In that class, and
other classes which immediately preceded and followedit, were a
number who afterwards became famous, including Generals McClellan,
Hancock, Parke, Pleasanton, Fitz John Porter, Hatch, Sacketl,
Granger, Russell, Pitcher, Foster, Reno, Stoneman, Gibbs, Frye,
Gibbon, Griffin, Viele, De Russy, Duane, Michler, Tidball,
Gilrnore, Benet, Baird, and McKeever, of the Union army, with
Generals T. J. (Stonewall) Jackson, Buckner, Bee, Rhett, Wilcox,
Maxey, Pickett, Hill, Heth, Steuart, Withers, and Robinson, who
espoused the Confederate cause. Then all were loyal, and
life-lasting friendships were formed between cadets from the North
and from the South, as they vied with each other in qualifying
themselves for upholding the national glory. Cadet Burnside was
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