Usually when we travel between Texas and Maine we fly, but this year we decided to drive from Maine and explore new places along the way. We stopped at West Point, Hyde Park, the battlegrounds at Gettysburg and Antietam and Monticello. I won’t bore you with all the details but share some tidbits you may not know about these places.
General Custer may not be the one buried here as some remains (maybe his, maybe not) were exhumed years after his last stand. Did you know he was the goat in his class, meaning that he finished dead last academically. Today, that might not be such a bad deal as the goat receives $1 from every graduating cadet. Last year the total was more than $1,000!
Winfield Scott is also buried on the grounds, not because he was a West Point graduate but for his military accomplishments. During the Spanish American War his troops wore gray uniforms because there was no blue or indigo dye. This was the origin of The Long Gray Line which still defines West Point cadets who continue to be garbed in gray.
Most of our time at West Point was spent in the cemetery where since the 1800’s more than 6500 graduates or honored military personnel are buried. Reading the tombstones is like a virtual history lesson as well as a grim reminder of young soldiers who have lost their lives in very recent years.
Tomorrow we’ll roll on into Gettysburg and Antietam. Hope you’ll be along to share the experience.
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