It sits on Arlington Heights overlooking Washington DC and has seen its share of firsts since 1863 when it was first built as Fort Whipple. It was among the 70 fortifications surrounding the National Capital during the US Civil War, but unlike the rest which fell into disrepair and were abandoned, Fort Myer continues until this day (though they've hidden the name slightly - it'll always be Fort Myer because of its significance and contributions.)
Some of the early firsts that this US Army Post holds are:
Over time, the significance of Fort Myer has grown. With its elite troops - the 3d Infantry of the US Army - "The Old Guard" and the musical talent of the US Army Band "Pershing's Own - within, it continues to stand ready to defend the Nation's Capital while providing an outstanding place to receive and honor visiting dignitaries.
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The book "Images of America - Fort Myer" highlights these and others in a combination of historical photographs, maps, and notes with revealing captions. The outstanding nugget is a first-time published note from Abraham Lincoln which no one knew existed. Browse through the website and learn of some of the history - the people, the events, the places and enjoy.
Images of America - Fort Myer is a pictorial chronicle of the first one hundred years of history containing over two hundred photographs, maps, and images. Beginning in the 1860s and carrying through the 1960s it provides a view of what was over time. An autographed copy of the book can be purchased at BUY THE BOOK.