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Book: Images of America: Fort Myer


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Fort Myer holds a commanding view overlooking the nation’s capital. When the Civil War ended and reconciliation began, this was the only fort that remained of the 70 defensive Civil War fortifications protecting the capital city from possible Confederate attack.  Then called Fort Whipple, it was renamed to honor the US Army’s first signal officer, Brig. Albert J. Myer.  Built in 1863 from the Custis-Lee estate, these acres on Arlington Heights are distinguished by unique events, including the beginnings of military aviation, the Army Cavalry showcase, “The Three Sisters” radio antennas, 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) protecting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and honoring all veterans buried there. Photographs and text present the evolution of this national landmark in its first 100 years, including its buildings, people, and events.


  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing, 2011


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