When Captain Mahan was detached from the War College, May to, 1893, the command devolved upon Commander C. H. Stockton, as related in our previous article. That officer reported to the Navy Department that arrangements had been made at the College for the summer's course—the course of 1893—but no class was ordered. Though not realized at the time, this was the most critical period in the life of the College. It appeared, subsequently, that the Navy Department had already decided to abolish the College. The assigning of one-half of the quarters in the College building to the use of officers of the Training Station, was only a preliminary step towards its total extinction; and the turning over of the entire building to the Training Station. It was to carry out this settled purpose that the Secretary of the Navy visited the Station in August of that year, 1893. Two causes, however, led to a change of opinion on the part of Mr. Herbert. A copy of Captain Mahan's "The Influence of Sea Power upon History," then recently published, had been placed in his hands.
The U.S. Naval War College (Concluded)
By Rear-Admiral S. B. Luce, U. S. Navy