Last in Their Class Custer, Pickett and the Goats of West Point

ISBN-10: 159403141X
ISBN-13: 9781594031410
Edition: N/A
Authors: James S. Robbins
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Description: Today's Goat, the West Point cadet finishing at the bottom of his class, is temporary celebrity among his classmates. But in the 19th century, he was something of a cult figure. Custer's contemporaries at the Academy believed that the same spirit of  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Publisher: Encounter Books
Publication date: 3/9/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 500
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.068
Language: English

Today's Goat, the West Point cadet finishing at the bottom of his class, is temporary celebrity among his classmates. But in the 19th century, he was something of a cult figure. Custer's contemporaries at the Academy believed that the same spirit of adventure that led him to carouse at local taverns motivated his dramatic cavalry attacks in the Civil War and afterwards. And the same willingness to accept punishment from Academy authorities also sent George Pickett into the teeth of the Union guns at Gettsyburg. The story James S. Robbins tells goes from the beginnings of West Point through the carnage of the Civil War to the grassy bluffs over the Little Big Horn. The Goats he profiles tell us much about the soul of the American solider, his daring, imagination and desire to prove himself against high odds.

Introduction
Nathaniel Wyche Hunter
Benny Havens'
Ephraim Kirby Smith
The Seminole War
Henry Heth
Flirtation Walk
Zeb Inge
Churubusco
Chapultepec
James McNeill Whistler
William Logan Crittenden
The Battle of Blue Waters
Solomon's Fork
The Pig War
George Armstrong Custer
Absent Friends
James McQueen McIntosh
Charles Nelson Warner
Gettysburg
Pickett's Charge
Laurence Simmons Baker
Five Forks
Appomattox
The Reunion
Charles Dempsey
John Jordan Crittenden
Hurrah for Custer
Washita
The Boy President
The Sioux Campaign
Little Bighorn
My Every Thought Was Ambition
The Immortals
Whither the Goat?
A Note on Sources
Endnotes
Index

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