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Fayette H. Norvell - Application to West Point 1825

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This collection of letters, written on behalf of Fayette H. Norvell, urging his admittance as a cadet in the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, shows quite a coordinated campaign by his brother and many other influential people in his home town of Lynchburg, Virginia to get him into the academy. Reading these letters.....and, thinking about who the people were who authored them, made me realize just how hard it was to be selected for the honor of attending this school.

Several of the letters were written by his brother, William W. Norvell, who seemed to be the coordinator of the effort, making sure that all needs were met in order to secure Fayette's appointment to West Point. One letter was from John M. Otey, his brother-in-law; but no less of an influential person, being President of the City Council. William W. Norvell, himself, had been Captain of the Lynchburg Rifles and City Treasurer.

Of course, the impressive eleven letter campaign also included the required letter from the area representative, David S. Garland. It would be very interesting, indeed, to research each of the other men who wrote the letters and discover just who they were.



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