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During his Presidency, General Grant had ordered a reorganization of the Army under General Sherman. They both knew the necessity of creating an officer corps of men who, in addition to their personal qualifications for leadership, must have a thorough military education. There was need for a school at which Infantry and Cavalry officers could receive practical instruction with garrison forces larger than those to be found at scattered posts. War with Spain came in 1898 and the Army school was closed. Source: Fort Leavenworth from Frontier Post to Home of the United States Army Command and General Staff College
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