Robert attended Alexandria Academy in Virginia. After graduating from the academy he went to The U.S. Military Academy at West Point. In June of 1825 Robert took a stagecoach to New York City and from there he took a steamer up the Hudson. When Robert climbed the steep hill to West Point he knew that it would be his home for the next four years. Robert and forty six other men were now cadets. They got up at 5am in the morning and walked in formation, also known as drills. Robert attended classes and studied hard 9-10 hours a day.
|Robert in his engineer corps uniform.|