By Albert A. Nofi

A Civil battle Treasury offers a deeper realizing of the human facet of the struggle and its extra technical elements besides. the decisions are prepared in a approximately chronological order and there's a short creation to every bankruptcy which outlines the important advancements of every yr of the battle.

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Thayer spent 16 years at West Point and is the founder of the academy as a genuine institution of higher learning and military art. Effecting a thorough reform of the academy, he instituted a formal, four-year academic curriculum, created the post of Commandant of Cadets, prescribed regular military exercises, established stringent entrance and academic requirements and recruited capable instructors such as Dennis Hart Mahan. Not all of Thayer's reforms were welcome, and there were student riots in 1818 and 1826, which he put down firmly.

But exercise of the "right of rebellion" is contingent upon several important moral questions: ultimately it boils down to a question of whether or not the majority of the people involved are suffering some form of oppression which cannot be resolved by any other fashion than a resort to arms. In the case of the Page 16 Civil War there was no such justification. Indeed, there was more justification for rebellion against the South. For there was one complicating factor which simultaneously was at the root of and more important than all the other issues taken together.

A number of the foot companies were assigned to coast defense duties; the garrison of the Charleston harbor forts in December of 1860 comprised two companies totaling 65 officers and men, plus eight bandsmen. The balance of the artillery was scattered in the West, where most served as infantry, since artillery was of little use against Indians. There were three types of horse soldiers in the army: dragoons, mounted rifles and cavalry. Despite the different designations, all three types had the same organization: initially ten companies divided into five squadrons, an additional squadron was added shortly before the Civil War, permitting the formation of three battalions at need.

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