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The one area where Grant indisputably excelled at West Point was, not surprisingly,  equestrian studies. His youth and special talents with horses set him up to be an expert  horseman. He set an equestrian high-jump record at West Point that lasted for a quarter  of a century. The Academy promoted Grant to sergeant in his third year, but he later confessed that  the rank was too much responsibility for him, so he happily took a demotion to private  for his senior year. He graduated twenty-first in a final class of thirty-nine–a low rank that  denied him a chance at an appointment to the prestigious cavalry corps. Grant ended  up in the infantry instead, but did not intend to remain there long. His plan was to resign  as soon as his obligatory commission ended and to pursue a life as a math teacher.  However, he ultimately found that the military life suited him nicely. Grant had spent considerable time with his roommate, Fred Dent, during their final year 
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This note was uploaded on 12/25/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Summer '08 term at Texas State.

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