In a message dated 7/31/02 1:13:26 PM, fishx111@...
<< It may have been beneficial to have an 8hr block on CAV,ART,INF,a
total of 24 hrs, and cut out reading Shakespears Henry the 8th,Cut out
Hamlet, Kept Mcbeth and Anthony and Cleopatra. Could read H8th, Hamlet for
extra credit, but have the 24 hr blockCAI , mandatory. James >>
You got that right James. However, in the first half of the 19C West Point
was predominantly an engineering school. Graduates of the Academy were
highly sought after by the civilian sector and many chose to pursue careers
outside of the army. While entrance requirements were relatively easy,
examinations throughout the four years were rigorous.
Mathematics was the dominating subject including Algebra, geometry . Since
many military and technical works were in French it was part of the study for
the first two years. Drawing was also a necessity in order for graduates to
understand topography and charting. Physics, mechanics, and astronomy were
but one grouping in a catchall area known as natural and experimental
philosophy. Horsemanship, geography, history and the use of sword were among
the other subjects in the curriculum. English Lit was not in the curriculum.
However, I have a hunch swordsmanship and French could have easily bit the
dust to accommodate cavalry and other tactical instruction.