JOURNAL OF THE EARLY REPUBLIC (Winter 2011) education. A year later a naval vessel was attached to the academy to enlarge the professional education of the students. Summer cruises took place between 1851 and 1860. These provided midshipmen with a knowledge of seamanship and the skills necessary to operate a warship as well as the role of an officer in a ship. The cruises also provided opportunities to visit foreign ports and naval facilities. The secession of southern states and the drift toward the Civil War tested the loyalty of southern midshipmen. During the administration of President James Buchanan midshipmen were permitted to resign from the Navy and return to their states. Early in the Civil War the Naval Academy was temporarily relocated at Fort Adams in Newport, Rhode Island. Hunter has written an interesting and useful study. Its main flaw is his random examination of only 20 percent of the cases in the Register of Delinquencies. This is much too small a sample from which to draw meaningful conclusions. Ha rold D. L ang ley is Emeritus, Curator of Naval History, Smithsonian Institution and a former professor at The Catholic University of America. An American Aristocracy: Southern
Journal of the Early Republic – University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: Nov 5, 2011
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