Read About Celebrated Americans This Independence Day

There are many entertaining anecdotes about the great American author, Mark Twain. And, when the future great American general John J. Pershing was a cadet at West Point, he invited Twain, who was visiting campus for a lecture, to visit the cadets’ rooms in the barracks.

My Life Before the World War, 1860-1917: A Memoir by General of the Armies John J. Pershing, edited by John T. Greenwood

 “Among the famous men who visited West Point in my time was Mark Twain, who occasionally came to lecture to the Corps. One of his visits occurred during my senior year, and being a fellow Missourian I obtained permission for him to visit barracks after church the next morning, which was Sunday. Several of my classmates came to my room to meet him and he delighted us for an hour with stories from Innocents Abroad, Tom Sawyer, and other of his writings. The great humorist was much admired by the cadets and was always given a hearty welcome.”


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