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Henry Martyn Lazelle (1832-1917), born in Enfield, Massachusetts, the son of a farmer, orphaned on the age of 4, and raised by way of a succession of family members and relations acquaintances, used to be the one cadet within the historical past of the U.S. army Academy to be suspended and despatched again a 12 months (for negative grades and undesirable habit) and finally go back as Commandant of the Corps of Cadets. After graduating from West aspect in 1855, he scouted with equipment Carson, was once wounded through Apaches, and spent approximately a 12 months as a "paroled" prisoner-of-war on the outbreak of the Civil battle. Exchanged for a accomplice officer, he took command of a Union cavalry regiment, chasing Mosby's Rangers all through northern Virginia. The early days of Reconstruction introduced him to the Carolinas. Later he represented the U.S. at British military maneuvers in India and commanded devices and posts within the some distance West and the Dakotas in the course of the relocation and ravaging of the yankee Indian international locations. Due partially to an ingrained disposition to query the established order, Lazelle's carrier as a commander and senior employees officer was once punctuated now and then with competition and controversy. accountable for the reputable documents of the Civil struggle in Washington, he was once accused of falsifying documents, exonerated, yet disregarded in need of travel. As Commandant of Cadets at West element, he was once a key determine throughout the notorious courtroom martial of Johnson Whittaker, one in every of West Point's first African American cadets. back, he used to be relieved of responsibility after a bureaucratic conflict with the Academy’s Superintendent. Lazelle retired in 1894 as Colonel of the 18th U.S. Infantry at fortress Bliss, Texas, the place his military occupation had began 38 years prior. alongside the best way, he authored articles on army approach and strategies, took up spiritualism, and released books at the courting among technological know-how and theology.

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