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The military course embraces the whole science of
The science of artillery comprises the knowledge and use of ordinance, military projectiles, gunnery, &c. &c.; also grand tactics, viz.-organization of armies, marches, order of batlles, battles, &c. Also civil and military architecture, viz.--elementary parts of buildings and their combinations, orders of architecture, construction of buildings, arches, canals, bridges, and other public works, machines for construction, the execution of a series of drawings, consisting of plans, elevations, and sections, to illustrate the principal parts of the course.
Practical Military Instruction. This course embraces the system of infantry tactics, established for the army
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of the United States, commencirig with the elementary drill of the soldier; including the school of the company, school of the battalion, evolutions of the line, exercise and manoeuvres of light infantry and riflemen, duties in camp and garrison of privates, non-commissioned officers, commissioned officers, &c. This course likewise includes artillery instructions, sword exercise, the cut and thrust, or small sword, and many things beside.
No cadet is received at the military academy, who is deformed, or under four feet and nine inches in height. They must also know how to read well, and write a fair hand, and likewise be perfect in figures. When they are perfected and fit for the army, they receive a diploma, and are promoted by lineal rank. The establishment is under very strict rules, consisting of two hundred, in all, exclusive of the following, viz. revellie at dawn of day, next the roil is called; police of the rooms, cleaning of arms and accoutrements, and rooms inspected: all this inust be done in thirty minutes after the roll is called. From sun-rise till 7 o'clock they study; breakfast at 7, parade at 8, from 8 to 11 recite, from 11 to 12 attend military lectures, from 12 to 1 literary lectures, dine at 1, recreate till 2; from 2 till 4 study, from 4 to sun-set, military exercises; dress, parade, ard roll-call, at sun-set; from sun-set to half an hour past, supper; signal (a gun fired) to retire to quarters immediately after supper: from half past sun-set till half past 9, study; half past 9, tattoo; inspection of rooms, and signal to extinguish lights at 10 o'clock.
During all this time, they are under the eye of the most able masters. So minute is the discipline, that it extends to a tooth-brush, and their rooms, even to a lowel, are inspected twice a day. Any disobedience of or. ders, or disrespect, is subject to the rules of war; the offender being tried by a court-martial. The sentence extends to dismission and confinement; no corporeal punishment being allowed.
The uniform is a'coatee of gray cloth, single breasted, with three rows of eight gilt bullet buttons in front; button holes of black silk cord, herring-bone form, with a festoon at the back end ; 'a standing collar; cuffs four
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This is certainly the greatest establishment for young gentlemen in the Union; it is impossible for them to be vicious. If I had twenty sons, I'would send ninctcen of them to West Point academy ; under the eye of the first gentlemen, whose example alone would fix thcir man. ners and form their taste. But the greatest care is taken by the provisions of the institution not only to inculcate every virtue, but even the shadow of vice is interdicted. They are not allowed to play at any gamo whatever, read novels, take newspapers, play on any instrument, throw stones, throw water, snow ball, bathe, or swim in the viver ; but this is out of the question, for they are 230 permitted to go off of the public ground, not even to vis. it any family at the port, unless it be on Saturday eve. ning. They are not allowed to receive money, even from their parents, without leave from the secretary
of war! In this respect it has a decided advantage over most seminaries. But to see them on parade, is a most imposing sight; all arranged agreeably to height, their nodding plumos, uniform dress, whilo the best band in the United States fairly cheats one out of his senses, sometimes rolling towards you on the green, sorictimes echoed from Fort Putnam, it would almost stir the dead. Mcantimc their glittering arms, the magic movement of
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! would advise all parents to send their sons to West Poiut. If they would have them acquire just ideas of the Deity, if they would have their passious brought un. der a proper subjection to reason, and the nicest sense of honor, if they would have them free from frivolous affectation, if they would have them perfect in every so. cial, moral, and political duty, in short, if they would have them free from every vice, and accomplished in ev. ery virtue, send them to West Point. They need be under no apprehension whatever ; the guardian angel of America stands sentry there. If such be the cadets,
must be their instructors ! where our government found such men is really wonderful. Col. Thayer, the present superintendant, I am told, studied at the military academy in Paris. Let him be educated where he may, he is doubtless one of the most fascinating men in the world.
But in saying this, perhaps I am doing injustice to the others, for I never saw a set of men resemble as they do. Col. Thayer, Maj. W. the Rev. chaplain, Capt. Douglas, Maj. A. and the Dr. are all that I became acquainted with: indeed my time there was limited to two days only. If I admired the generosity of New-York, if I was charmed with that of Boston and Salem, I was trans ported with the manners of the people of West
Such equiformity of demeanour, such minute at. tention to every point of politeness, such effulgence of countenance, no parade of authority, nothing volatile, but the most pleasing mildness; they have a winning weetness peculiar to them, for which that line of Paper all alike, in graceful ease and sweetness void of pride."**
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New Haden, Conn.-Paying an occasional visit to New Haven before this work went to press, I was led to expunge other matter in order to make room for a few remarks on that beautiful city. It stands at the head of a fine bay which sets up from Long Island Sound; dis. tant from New York city 76 miles, from Boston 134, from Hartford 36, and is the semi-capital of the state Connecticut. Its relative situation from New York is north-east. In whatever point of view New Haven is considered, whether for topographical beauty, the utility of its institutions, or the scenery of its environs, as a town, it is decidedly the Eden of the Union! It sits on an even plain of about three miles in circumference, which is surrounded by mountains, hills, and rugged rocks, cxcepting only where it faces the bay. These eminences assume an endless variety of whimsical fig.
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