Title: History of Fort Myer Told Through Photographs
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing's popular Images of America series is Fort Myer from local author John Michael. The book boasts more than 200 vintage photographs and memories of days gone by.
Overlooking Washington, DC, Fort Myer holds a commanding view of America's capital. Built in 1863 from the Custis-Lee estate, one of 70 defensive Civil War fortifications of the capital, this historic US Army post was known as Fort Whipple.
As the war ended and reconciliation began, only this fort remained and was later renamed to honor the US Army's first signal officer, Brig. Gen. Albert J. Myer. These acres of Arlington Heights are distinguished by unique events, including the beginnings of military aviation, the Army Cavalry showcase, "The Three Sisters," and the National Weather Bureau.
During World War I, Army officers trained here to fight "Over there," and today two units call Fort Myer home: the Army Band ("Pershing's Own," since 1942) and the 3rd Infantry ("The Old Guard," since 1948). Photographs and text present the evolution of this national landmark in its first 100 years, including its buildings, people, and events.
Highlights of Fort Myer:
• The book reveals an unpublished note from Lincoln to General Totten, appointing General Whipple's son William to West Point.
• Fort Myer is the home of the US Army's first Signal Corps School.
• The Wright Flyer flew in 1908 and 1909 on the Drill Field of Fort Myer.
• This year is the 70th anniversary of the Jeep, which was tested and approved on Fort Myer in April of 1941.
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