The initial objective was to group cadets by year group showing not just who they graduated with, but who were other students in upper and lower classes when they were at the academy. I call this relationship spans of connection. For example, members of the class of 1846 (the big black box in the upper left quadrant) as fourth year cadets in the fall of 1842 would have known cadets who would graduate as the class of 1843. Four years later as first year cadets themselves, these men would have known the fourth year cadets who would go on to graduate in 1849. After their own classmates, they were likely closest to classmates in the classes of 1845 and 1847 (the red boxes). The colors are less dark as you move away from 1846 (orange, gold, yellow). Cadets in the five year program of the late 1850s would have even larger spans of connection. This effort alone was very illuminating. There is much more that I will address down the road but here is a peak at the chart. Stay tuned.
|West Pointers at Antietam 1822 1862|