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West Point Facts and Trivia II
Facts and Trivia II
Who commanded the major battles of the Civil War? -----
- There were 60 important battles of the War. In 55 of
them, graduates commanded on both sides; in the
remaining 5, a graduate commanded one of the
What did Sherman, Class of 1840, say of war? ------
"There is many a boy who looks on war as all glory, but
boys, it is all hell."
Where was Execution Hollow and what was its
significance? ------ Execution Hollow was a depression in
the Northeast part of the parade ground. It was the
location of executions during the Revolutionary War.
Robert Woods, USMA '45, won an athletic letter in
football at both West Point and Annapolis. Who was his
Navy counterpart? ------ Midshipman Joseph A. Grace,
Jr., USNA '80, was a starter at Navy in soccer. In his
junior year, he came to Army on a 6 month Academy
Exchange Program. While here, he played starting
center fullback for the entire year under Coach Joe
Palone, beating Air Force and his teammates at Navy 1-
0! He returned to Navy for his senior year and returned
the favor, beating Army 2-0 and scoring the winning
What event marked the beginning of competitive
intercollegiate athletics at West Point ------ Navy football
game of 1890.
Who and from what class was the "Father of the Military
Academy?" ------ Colonel Sylvanus Thayer, Class of
What is the history of the Great Chain? ------ By the year
1777 it had been determined that West Point was the
most practical site for the construction of a chain and its
defending artillery. The chain was constructed by Peter
Townsend in the Sterling Iron Works, 25 miles southwest
of West Point. It was installed, along with supporting
artillery, under the direction of General Parsons in 1778.
The purpose of the Great Chain was to obstruct
navigation on the Hudson River thereby cutting the
British supply lines. The Chain was 1700 feet long.
There were approximately 1200 links, each of which
weighted between 90 and 122 pounds. It was stapled to
large logs in order to float it and reached from Chain
Cove to Constitution Island. The great Chain was
protected by a boom just south of it. The boom, made of
logs chained together, was placed so that a ship striking
it would be slowed down to the point that it could not
break the chain.
The Great Chain
Artillery was emplaced on the bluffs of West Point,
overlooking the river.
A Great Chain was built and stretched across the
For what is the Cadet Chapel organ noted? ------ It is the
largest church organ and the third largest organ in the
world. In all there are over 18,700 pipes.
What do the stained glass windows in the north wing of
the Mess Hall depict? ------ The life of George
What is the oldest regularly garrisoned military post in
the United States? ------ West Point has been garrisoned
since 20 January1778.
Where is the Kissing Tree? ------ On Flirtation Walk at
Camp Buckner. It is a tree with a large orange band
painted on it.
What are the mistakes on the French Monument? ------
Curved saber, straight scabbard; wind blowing flag in
one direction, coat tails in the other; cannonballs larger
than bore of cannon; button unbuttoned.
He would have failed SAMI.
What graduate turned down an Olympic team position to
join his classmate in Korea? ------ Lieutenant Richard
Shea, Class of 1952 (USMAPS 1948). He was the hero
of Pork Chop Hill, where he won the Medal of Honor.
How did General Charles P. Summerall, former Chief of
Staff, first win his fame? ------ As an artillery Lieutenant
walking under fire to Peking's Imperial City gate in 1901
and chalking targets for his guns on the hinges of the
Who are the past 5 Generals of the Army and Air Force
and which one was not a USMA graduate? ------
General of the Air Force Henry H. Arnold, USMA 1907;
General of the Army Omar N. Bradley, USMA 1915;
General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower, USMA
1915; General of the Army Douglas C. MacArthur,
USMA 1903; General of the Army George C. Marshall,
Of the 294 West Point graduates serving in the
Confederacy during the Civil War, how many became
General Officers? ------ 14 of the West Point graduates
serving in the Confederacy became General Officers.
Of the 800 West Point graduates serving the Union Army
during the Civil War, how many became General
Officers? ------ 297 of the 800 West Pointers became
General Officers. At the beginning of the Civil War, no
graduate of West Point was a General Officer.
What is more important... Honor or Loyalty?
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