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Oct
6

A Great Foundation Deserves a Great Book

By John Michael  //  National Defense University  //  No Comments
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Marshall Hall of National Defense University

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National Defense University Foundation Gift Shop06 October 2016 – As of this date Images of America – Fort Lesley J. McNair is now available in Marshall Hall of the National Defense University located on Fort Lesley J. McNair.   Copies of the book which chronicles the history of the third oldest US Army post are available in the gift shop.  They are autographed by the author, John Michael, and sales benefit the National Defense University Foundation.

Images, Photographs, and Maps

The book contains over 200 images that provide insight about the military installation since its founding in 1791.  Over time it’s been an arsenal providing the ordnance for the Civil War, the site of the first federal penitentiary and where the Lincoln assassination conspirators were incarcerated, tried, and hanged.  The Army Corps of Engineers school was here while a major building effort provided the iconic Roosevelt Hall – designed by the architects McKim, Mead and White and other now historic buildings: Officers’ Club and quarters, barracks, stables, hospital, clinic …  stays by the US Army Band and the Music School.

 

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More About Fort Lesley J. McNair

For several years Major Walter Reed practiced medicine and determined that the mosquito was the reason for  Yellow Fever while among these acres.  Up until the beginning of WW II, the Army War College occupied Roosevelt Hall until being relocated to Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.  The post also is the headquarters of the Military District of Washington. The US Army’s Center of Military History has called Fort McNair home since the 1990s.  The 3d Infantry – the Old Guard’s Alpha Company – also known as the Commander in Chief’s Guard – was garrisoned in the barracks on the post.

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Images of America - Fort Lesley J. McNair

Images of America – Fort Lesley J. McNair

An  Author Autographed copy of the book is available for purchase directly from the author, John Michael.  Buy the Book

Apr
17

A 1972 Tour of Fort Lesley J McNair – Part III

By John Michael  //  Fort Lesley J McNair  //  No Comments

PART III

SELECT PHOTOGRAPHS FROM 1972 DISCOVERED

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The history of Fort Lesley J. McNair dates back to 1791 when Major Charles Pierre L’Enfant planned the new Capital City and designated 28 acres as military reservation #05.  Since then the historic US Army Post has expanded to about 100 acres and has had several different name changes as it served the United States needs in several different roles:  as  arsenal, as federal penitentiary, as barracks, as the US Army War College, Fort Humphreys.  It wasn’t until after World War II that it would be named to honor the highest ranking officer who was killed in the war.

This is the last of the group of photographs found that were taken in 1972 .  It gives a look, a snapshot in time of what some of the post and continues the tour of Fort Lesley J McNair.

Barracks - Alpha Company - "The Old Guard"

Barracks – Alpha Company – “The Old Guard”

In 1972, the US Army Band, Pershing’s Own and the US Army Music School was long gone from these acres having moved to Historic Fort Myer in Virginia.  For a long while, Alpha Company of the 3d US Army Infantry – “The Old Guard” would be the new occupants of the these barracks.  The company was the first company established when the 3d Infantry was reactivated on 06 APR 1948 when the Ceremonial Company of the Military District  of Washington was folded into the company.   Members of the company are special since they form “The Commander-in-Chief’s Guard” a unit that traces its origins back to the US Revolution when General George Washington had a special unit of Soldiers.  They wear the uniform as prescribed by Washington and their order of march and drilling movements reflect those of yesteryear.

 

Post Exchange

Post Exchange

In 1972 post population was such that one of the offerings was a Post Exchange that provided full service to those living on post.  Over time as the needs changed and the population, the PX became a long distant memory of these acres.

McNair Hall - Officers' Club

McNair Hall – Officers’ Club

Built at the same time as many of the other buildings. the Officers’ Club also known a McNair Hall is of the same colonial architecture.  Over the years it has been the site of many events beyond the military focus and is still until today providing a much needed oasis from the other day-to-day activities on post.

 

Officers' Quarters

Officers’ Quarters

“Generals’ Row” – the officers’ quarters on post haven’t changed much as they approach their centennial.  Many are adorned with artillery in the front yards which face the parade field.  The rear of the quarters have a commanding view of the Potomac River channel and Hains’ Point.

MORE TOUR PHOTOGRAPHS

There are two other sets of photographs from this group which can be seen –  PART I   and PART II.   The book, Images of America – Fort Lesley J. McNair contains over two hundred historical photographs, images and illustrations which chronicle the two hundred plus years of history among the acres of this US Army Post.

OVER 200 HISTORICAL IMAGES, MAPS & ILLUSTRATIONS

The book, Images of America – Fort Lesley J. McNair contains over two hundred historical photographs, images and illustrations which chronicle the two hundred plus years of history among the acres of this US Army Post.

The book “Images of America – Fort Lesley J McNair”  is “a walk down memory lane” as one reader called it after he turned the last page.  Go beyond

Images of America - Fort Lesley J. McNair

Images of America – Fort Lesley J. McNair

the website and read more of the history with your own copy – BUY THE BOOK offers the opportunity to get either a personalized & autographed copy from the author or purchase the book from one of the major resellers.

 

Apr
4

A 1972 Tour of Fort Lesley J McNair – Part II

By John Michael  //  Fort Lesley J McNair  //  No Comments

PART II

SELECT PHOTOGRAPHS FROM 1972 DISCOVERED

This short tour of Fort Lesley J McNair provides only a small glimpse of what many call “A most beautiful US Army Post”

Roosevelt Hall  – a design by the architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White – first contained the Army War College.  The first graduating class that did their work within this beautiful building was the Class of 1909-10.  It stands as a tribute to them and those who followed.   After World War II,  the Army War College moved to Carlisle Barracks in Pennsylvania (taking their statue of Frederick the Great there too!).  The National War College now is located in Roosevelt Hall providing instruction to members of all branches of the military and other US government agencies such as the Department of State.   One graduate from more recent times is Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens,

 

Roosevelt Hall from the Northwest

Roosevelt Hall from the Northwest

“TEMPOS” – temporary buildings, built / erected to meet a pressing need and among those needs were the need for additional quarters – there’s never enough space for housing.   These barracks, which were located on the east side of post, down the road  a bit from Roosevelt Hall, provided much needed housing.

"Tempo" - Temporary Barracks on the East side

“Tempo” – Temporary Barracks on the East side

What is in present day called Grant Hall, was in 1972, housing for married military officers.  The building is the last remnant of the federal penitentiary that once occupied many more of the acres – it was built before the US Civil War.  The notoriety of the penitentiary is that’s where the Lincoln assassination conspirators were incarcerated.  Their trial took place on the third floor of this building seen below.  The gallows where they were later hanged on 07 JUL 1865 were erected just to what would be the left side of the building.   Tennis courts now occupy the space where the gallows stood.

Site of the Lincoln Assassination Conspirators Trial The Federal Penitentiary Building - later Grant Hall

Site of the Lincoln Assassination Conspirators Trial – The Federal Penitentiary Building – later Grant Hall

 

The US Army has its share of talented people.  The branch that is one of the work horses of the US Army is the Corps of Engineers.  The Engineering School once occupied the barracks shown below.  It also is where the US Army Music School later trained the musicians for all the US Army regimental bands.

 

Inter American Defense College

Inter American Defense College

 

There are two other sets of photographs from this group which can be seen –  PART I   and PART III.

OVER 200 HISTORICAL IMAGES, MAPS & ILLUSTRATIONS

The book, Images of America – Fort Lesley J. McNair contains over two hundred historical photographs, images and illustrations which chronicle the two hundred plus years of history among the acres of this US Army Post.

The book “Images of America – Fort Lesley J McNair”  is “a walk down memory lane” as one reader called it after he turned the last page.  Go beyond

Images of America - Fort Lesley J. McNair

Images of America – Fort Lesley J. McNair

the website and read more of the history with your own copy – BUY THE BOOK offers the opportunity to get either a personalized & autographed copy from the author or purchase the book from one of the major resellers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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