Journal of Kiley M. Adams
Thursday, Oct. 7th. Having returned from our excursion I felt somewhat lonesome, although we had returned from a fatiguing and long excursion, yet, we had received many pleasures connected with improvement while on our way to the White Hills. We were commanded by our superintendent to resume our studies and attend strictly to them which we did. The Capt. expressed much regret that he had had to dismiss two of his Cadets which he could not have avoided. He advised all of them now to adhere strictly to their duties, he told them that he hoped he should not see or find out any more irregularities while he was Superintendent at Norwich.
Friday, Oct. 8. Officer of the day, Cadet Pumroy. I felt much more gratified this day. Three Cadets who did not return to our Academic enclosure with the rest of us arrived. They had taken the journey moderately and therefore were not much fatigued they seemed to be merry and pleasant.
Saturday 9th. My roommate left me today and began to room in the quarters and I moved in with Cadet Darling in a very pleasant room. I like my roommate very much who seemed to be very kind.
Sunday 10th. I attended church as usual. Three Cadets left the Academy today by the name of Page Roberts and Tenent. Page and Roberts were the ones dismissed for their conduct while the Capt. was on the excursion. Tenant ran away leaving a letter to the Capt. in the post office at Hanover, stating in it he did not like his Seminary and he had left it forever, as soon as the Capt. found that he had gone and having received his letter he immediately dismissed him. What an atrocious thing it was! Think how for these cadets had come to this Seminary. Page was from Hallowell, Mr. Roberts was from Fredericksburgh, Va., and Tenant from Baltimore, Md. Roberts had only been a student 1 month and was dismissed, during this time he had cost his father the sum of $150 for his tricks.
Monday 11th. I enjoyed myself very well.
Tuesday 12th. I was much interested to hear the Capt. lecture on the use of guards, &c. I began today to practice fencing although I did not attend the regular teacher. I was learnt some by my roommate who practiced with me.
Wednesday Oct. 13. Officer of the day Cadet Brown. Nothing admisable happened today.
Thursday 14. My thoughts were carried home a greater part of the day thinking on the busy scenes of a farmer. In the evening my thoughts were conveyed to Middleburg while I had the pleasure of reading a letter from a friend at the same town who informed me that my old classmate Edward Ellis had entered college. This news troubled me a good deal. I was sorry I had not entered college with my class.
Friday 15. Officer this day, Cadet Ires. My thoughts were on home at different times thinking how many joys I should receive to see my friends and connections. Duties were very well attended to today, and there were but a few reports made out. Among those few, a report of the officer of the days inspection was made out against me for the first time since I joined the Academy, not for neglect of duty, but for being caught in another cadets room, but as I roomed out of the quarters it was not requested for him to report me, and I presume he would not have done it had he been an old cadet.
Saturday 16th. Several new cadets joined the Academy This evening a sad affair took place, some cadets wishing to com mit a great action, fired a cracker in the lecture room, which they had previously made. It exploded about 7 o'clock and tore 3 or 4 windows without leaving hardly a piece of the sash. The Capt. immediately had an investigation: but every cadet denied knowing anything concerning the affair. It was well I knew nothing about it!
Sunday 17th. Officer of the day Cadet Smith from Burlington. Capt. Partridge had an investigation today, but all denied knowing anything as to the affair. In the afternoon I saw one of the cadets put in the guard house for throwing coals that were hot down his roommates neck which burnt a great spot off the poor fellows neck. This was a bare trick and it would not have been unjust if the Capt. had dismissed him. All these actions were warnings to me. I felt very happy to think I had not got to answer for those deeds.
Monday, Oct. 18th. As soon as I arose I was told that another cracker was fired the last night, "Horrendum factu." It exploded V2 past 12 in the upper lecture room, it tore out every window in the room besides injuring the room below. Thus the Capt. wish was lost and his advice not complied with, which he proposed to them soon after he dismissed Page and Roberts. The Capt. had no investigation today; but relyed on some future time when everything would come to his views plain. In the afternoon there was a flying report in the Academy that a Justice was coming to swear all the cadets. As soon as the culprits heard this they took their knapsacks and ran away. As soon as the Capt. heard they had gone he sent a guard after them and they were immediately brought back.
Tuesday, Oct. 19. Officer of the day Right. After guard was turned off the Capt. had a roll call, after this he read the following letter or rather acknowledgement.
Sir: We deem it our duty to inform you that we are the sole aggressors in that affair of last evening. Dated Oct. 18th, 1824 and signed W. Hill, E. Morse and H. Davis. Capt. P. did not say but little as he observed that he should delay saying much until he could find out more circumstances. In the evening I went on guard for the first time since I joined the Academy. This was business I was not acquainted with. After I was posted sometime I saw the grand rounds coming in front of me. The object of the grand rounds is to see if sentinels know their duty and see if they are on the alert.
As soon as they got within about 40 paces of me I challenged them saying "who goes there" their answer was "grand rounds." I then said, stand grand rounds, advance officer of grand rounds and give the countersign, he immediately advanced to the point of my bayonet and gave the countersign which was given me by the sentinel whom I relieved. I then said "countersign is right," advance grand rounds. As soon as they had advanced, the officer of the day stepped out and asked me if I knew my duty. I answered I did, he then told me to walk my post, and let no one pass except officers of the guard. It was also required that sentinels should call their numbers and sing out No. 1 "Alls Well." No.2,&c.
Wednesday, Oct. 20th. Officer of the day Cadet Brooks my old roommate. I enjoyed myself well this day and was glad to go on guard in the morning.
A class commenced in the afternoon in broad sword exercise. I had almost a mind to begin. I did not know whether my father would wish to have me attend broad sword exercise or fencing. I recollect that he spoke about my attending fencing.
Nothing further was done with regard to the crackers, as the Capt. had not concluded what course to take. He said in the lecture room that he should take a course of civil law if he concluded to send them to States.
Thursday 21st. Officer of the day Mcintosh from Georgia. The Capt. assembled us in the lecture room for the purpose of relating some circumstances which he had found out and the falsehoods they had told him. I was much gratified with the performances of the day and with the Capt's. speeches.
Friday, 22d. Officer of the day Bower from Natches, (Miss.) I arose this morning in good spirits and much pleased to behold very pleasant weather. I went on guard in the morning, being some green yet, as the cadets term it. After guard was turned off the Capt. had a roll call and he gave us a long lecture after lecturing awhile he turned his discourse to those who had not only done great injury to themselves, but also to the whole institution by being in so villianous a scrape. He said that James Randolph, W. Hill, Browninshield and Alsten were the ones concerned in firing the crackers. To whom he made the following statement. He said that he had concluded not to dismiss them at that present time, but they would be confined to the limits of the enclosure until further orders, and if they were found disobedient to his orders, they would be immediately dismissed, and their names would be put down on the next catalogue as dismissed, stating in the catalogue the reason of being dismissed and the whole circumstances, as being guilty of falsehood and prevarication. Although he said he had concluded to let them remain at the Academy as long as they conducted themselves with propriety he observed that in doing this he was doing himself a great injury as well to his institution, but that he was more willing to suffer than that they should be dismissed which would be their ruin and he had rather receive a great deal of censure from the world, than that they should be brought to so low a state. He said nothing had induced him to take the course he had only to save them from a terrible report. Thus addressing them, he told them they were to procure 2 sponsors apiece who should be responsible for their future conduct and they were to write home to their parents stating the whole circumstances; the course the Capt. had taken with them and not leave out anything, to make it any more favorable than it was. This was to be done before Saturday eve.
After we were dismissed from the lecture I retired to my room glad that I had not got to inform my parents of such bad actions, this was a great consolation for me to rely on.
Our guard was turned off on duty at 7 o'clock p. m. I was posted y± before 10. I now understood guard duty better than I did at first time I went on. * * * After I was relieved I retired to bed a few minutes after 10.