West Point, N. Y.
June 4th 1854
We have just entered upon
what Cadets term the "merry bright month of
June" and are beginning to realize the changes
which this month always brings with it.
The new Cadets are coming in buoyant
with hope and dreaming no doubt of the mili-
tary honors [underlined [military. . . honors] which await them. The First Class
are just about to receive the reward which four
years hard study entitles them to while the other
classes are undergoing their annual examination
which closes the Academic duties for the year and
places them so much nearer graduating [underlined], the Goal
to which all look forward.
Last thursday was devoted to paying our
respects to the "Board of Visitors" sent on by the
President to attend the examinations. Showing them
the public Buildings, giving them a Review of the Corps
of Cadets &c. Judge Whipple of Michigan is Pres. t [superscript]
of the Board. I cannot help but feel how differently
I am circumstanced now, as compared with last June.