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 of Chancellorsville
- George Pickett, who resigned from the US Army in 1861 to serve for the Confederacy, and led Picketts Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg
- George Custer, who joined the Union Army after graduating last in his class at West Point