Essay on John Joseph 'Black Jack' Pershing

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John Joseph Pershing was born in Laclede, Missouri, on September 13, 1860. As a young child, he was exposed to the horrors of the Civil War. His home town of Laclede was raided by a band of Confederate Soldiers. Growing up, he never aspired to have a career in the military. He instead dreamed of one day studying law and becoming a lawyer. However, after his father experienced economic troubles in an economic depression during 1873, Pershing submitted an application to West Point Military Academy in hopes of a free education that could lead to law school later in life. Even upon accepting admittance to West Point, he did not intend to make a career out of the military, but once at the Military Academy, he quickly assimilated into the …show more content…
John Joseph Pershing was born in Laclede, Missouri, on September 13, 1860. As a young child, he was exposed to the horrors of the Civil War. His home town of Laclede was raided by a band of Confederate Soldiers. Growing up, he never aspired to have a career in the military. He instead dreamed of one day studying law and becoming a lawyer. However, after his father experienced economic troubles in an economic depression during 1873, Pershing submitted an application to West Point Military Academy in hopes of a free education that could lead to law school later in life. Even upon accepting admittance to West Point, he did not intend to make a career out of the military, but once at the Military Academy, he quickly assimilated into the military lifestyle. He became his class president and he was the senior captain in charge of Cadets, which was the highest position attainable. He was known as a strict disciplinarian and leader among his peers (2).
Pershing graduated from West Point in 1886 and was assigned to the Sixth Calvary. In his first assignment, he was stationed in New Mexico and Arizona, leading troops in routine patrols to protect against the Apaches who had been led by Geronimo. Soon after, he was tasked with leading a campaign to eliminate threats from Lakota tribes in the Dakota Territory. An infamous conflict between the Lakota and the United States military occurred during Pershing’s time being stationed in the Dakota Territory at a site called
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