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Class of 1846:
From West Point to Appomattox
By
John C. Waugh

     No Single class at West Point--or possibly any academy--has been so indelibly written into histor as the one that graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1846.  
     At one time or another Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, George Brinton McClellan, Ambrose Powell Hill, Darius Nash Couch, George Edward Pickett, Cadmus Marcellus Wilox, and George Stoneman were in this unforgettable class.  It fought in three wars, produced twenty generals, and left the nation a lasting legacy of bravery, brilliance, and bloodshed.
     The Class of 1846 is the fascinating chronicle of this singular group of men, their training, their personalities, and the events in which they made their name and met their fate.  In this book, we come to know the Class of 1846.

Table of Contents

Foreword
(Chat for Foreword thru Oh, for the Sight of Our Native Land)

PART 1 WEST POINT

From Every Degree of Provincialism

Sighing for What We Left Behind .

As Intelligible as Sanskrit

Oh, for the Sight of Our Native Land

Death in the Family
(Chat for Death in the family and Gone Are the Days of Our Youth)

Gone Are the Days of Our Youth

PART 2 GONE FOR A SOLDIER

War at Last
(Chat for War at Last thru The Seventeen Minute Victory)

That City Shall Soon Be Ours

The Seventeen-Minute Victory

To the Halls of the Montezumas

Indian Country
(Chat for Indian Country Thru The Courtship of Miss Nelly)

India-Rubber Women and Buffalo Men

The Bloody Saddle

The Courtship of Miss Nelly

PART 3 AND THE WAR CAME

Our Men at Sumter
(Chat for Our Men at Sumter Thru Stonewall's Great Locomotive Heist)

Waiting for the Ball to Begin

The First Shot

Stonewall's Great Locomotive Heist

The Shirttail Skedaddle
(Chat for The Shirttail Skedaddle Thru The Odd Couple)

Cast of Characters

PART 4 DOWN IN THE VALLEY

The Valley Man

The Odd Couple

From Under the Little Faded Cap
(Chat for Under the Little Faded Cap Thru High Hopes and Paranoia)

My Friend, My Enemy

Delightful Excitement

PART 5 BROTHER AGAINST BROTHER

High Hopes and Paranoia

Maryland, My Maryland
(Chat for Maryland, My Maryland Thru Caught in the Rain)

The Man in the Red Battle Shirt

The Night the General Was Fired

Caught in the Rain

Shots in the Night
(Chat for "Shots in the Night" Thru Death of the Enthusiastic Fanatic)

Death of the Enthusiastic Fanatic

The Dandy at the Foot of the Class
(Chat for The Dandy at the Foot of the Class Thru the end of the book)

Where Is My Division?

PART 6 CLOSING OUT THE WAR

The Meeting on the Court House Steps

The Wind That Shook the Corn

Epilogue

In Appreciation
Notes
Bibliography
Index.
Illustration Credits

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