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The military portion of the school ended about 1856. George Alexander, the superintendent, left to continue farming, and the new superintendent, W. Leiper, came in about 1857 and the school continued as a boys school.  According to James Caldwell, the cadet adjutant and member of first graduating class, "the military school closed, and the arms, uniforms etc., returned to the state" and sent to the arsenal. This is how the cannon came to be issued out to artillery batteries as they formed. Most of the members of Co I 3rd Ark Inf were not cadets from the school nor young students from the school; most were grown, adult men from the Tulip area. Perhaps a few younger soldiers joined, and possibly a handful who had been cadets previously, but with no rosters of students to compare, this can only be speculation.  These sources are found at the Arkansas History Commission: James E. Caldwell Journal; Romance of Tulip Ridge by Jonathan K. Smith, 1966 M.A. Thesis; History of Education in Arkansas by Josiah H. Shinn 1900.
Anthony Rushing
Benton, AR