The first book to look at the Civil War careers of the men who finished at the top and the bottom of their West Point classes.
The graduates of West Point led or played major roles on both sides in the Civil War. Some of these men excelled at the academy, and others were indifferent or barely-mediocre students. Two of those who finished at the bottom of their classes, called the “Goats,” were well-known Generals George Custer and George Pickett. One who finished at the top of his class, James McPherson, was on his way to great fame as a general before his untimely death at the Battle of Atlanta in 1864.
This is the first book to assess the battlefield performance of these men, and it will be a key reference book about them. The book is available at: