Question: Why was West Point started?
'Junior Edifor Qufr on" WEST POINT "oury,. unman STATES HONOR, COUNTR// "the motto oC ^fspfii^ j^^i«i™^£^' ^tf\^fxf .«* ^p*" 1 *^?. QUESTION: Why wa» West Point started? ANSWER: Early in our history as a nation, George Washington and other Revolutionary leaders realized it was important for the United States to establish a high class military academy. In the Revolution, the U.S.A. had the help of foreign military experts. experts. Later, It was felt, the new nation should train her own. Accordingly, Congress authorized the establishment of a military military academy in 1802, which began as a training school for engineers, with five officers in charge and 10 cadet students. West Point, in New York state, is a spur of land projecting into the Hudson River at a point where the river narrow* sharply. A fort had been erected there which had been important in preventing preventing British ships from sailing further upriver. It was still a strategic area and so was a natural selection as a site for the new academy—which is usually spoken of as West Point. Under the leadership of Major Sylvanus Thayer, the academy began to turn out large numbers of highly trained officers, helping to raise the efficiency of the United States army. This is still West Point's mission. (Ollie Golson of Elton, La., wins today's combined prize of Compton's Illustrated Science Dictionary plus $10 cash for this question. Mail yours on a postcard to Junior Editors in care of this newspaper.)