Letter from James H. Etheridge of Hastings, Minnesota to Ignatius Donnelly requesting an appointment to West Point – November 17, 1862
I desire, very much, the appointment to the military Academy at West Point, as a cadet. […] If you wish to make inquiry concerning me, my character, etc. I can refer you to C. W. Nash […]
I am 18 years old—will be 19 the 20th of March 1863.
I think I can pass the medical examination and am confident I can master the course of instruction thoroughly and enter the corps of engineers. – I am not influenced by any ambitious desire to have a lordly command of a few thousand troops, to wear shoulder strap, etc., but to cultivate the talent I have for mathematics – for I think that my proficiency lies in that line – and by cultivating it I think I can be of service to the Gov. at no very distant period.[…]
James H. Etteridge
Citation: November 17, 1862 Letters from James H. Etteridge and H. G. O. Morrison to Lieutenant Governor Ignatius Donnelly, Correspondence November 1862. Ignatius Donnelly and family papers, 1812-1973. Minnesota Historical Society. [146.C.19.5B]