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    Civil War Period West Point Cadet Autograph Letter Signed "Seneca." Three pages of a bifolium, 8" x 10", West Point; October 12, 1863. A letter from an unknown cadet to his brother, relating details of his experiences at the West Point Academy. It seems that the cadet was not impressed with his fellow students, writing:

    "...not one out of a hundred do actually study they make a big fuss and let-on as if they were doing a big thing but it is all fudge. They get a thing partially are helped over the rest by their Instructors and then go through a farce of an examination. This thing goes on for three or four years and at the end of their time they don't know a bit more than when they began. They flatter themselves that they are educated but I tell you they are the most mistaken persons in the world."

    Accompanying this is a letter from the cadet's little sister, Mollie. She wrote to her brother at West Point early in the conflict, with news from her hometown of Wheeling and her own predictions about the war. It reads, in part:

    "We all miss you very much indeed, and often wish for you to be with us again, but that is impossible for you are far away. Still you can remember there are loving ones waiting for you at home. I expect this war will last a long while and when you come home from West Point you will be a soldier too and wear brass buttons...They say that Generals Lee and Wise are near Wheeling and intend to take it, but I don't believe the report, they cannot get to it."

    Condition: Both letters have usual mail folds and light toning. The cadet's letter has some separations and small tears along a few folds where weakness occurred. There are also some small areas of soiling on this letter. Overall both are very fine.

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    October, 2018
    25th Thursday
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