Dedication || 1: Retrospect
THE following pages were written by request. They
claim to give an accurate and impartial narrative
of my four years' life while a cadet at West Point,
as well as a general idea of the institution there.
They are almost an exact transcription of notes
taken at various times during those four years.
Any inconsistencies, real or apparent, in my
opinions or in the impressions made upon me, are
due to the fact that they were made at different
times at a place where the feelings of all were
constantly undergoing material change.
They do not pretend to merit. Neither are they
written for the purpose of criticising the Military
Academy or those in any way connected with it.
My "notes" have been seen and read. If I please
those who requested me to publish them I shall be
content, as I have no other object in putting them
before the public.
H. O. F.
Fort Sill, Indian Ter., 1878.