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As part of its Veterans Day commemoration, subscription genealogy site Ancestry.com has
added more than 115,000 cadet application papers from West Point to commemorate Veterans
Day. The records are part of the database U.S.
Military and Naval Academies, Cadet Records and Applications, 1805-1908.
You’ll be able to search the records free this weekend: Also for Veterans Day, Ancestry.com
is making its military records collection free from Nov. 11-14.
The West Point Application Papers include applicants’ letters dating from 1805 to
1866 requesting appointment, War Department letters of recommendation and notification
if the candidate was accepted, and letters of acceptance from the candidate.
More than 115,000 candidates are named; they include well-known West Point graduates
who went on to military careers, such as
- William Tecumseh Sherman, who became a Union general in the Civil War
Thomas J. Jackson, a Confederate commander who was nicknamed “Stonewall” at the Battle
George Pickett, who resigned from the US Army in 1861 to serve for the Confederacy,
and led Pickett’s Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg
George Custer, who joined the Union Army after graduating last in his class at West