Happy Birthday Fort Myer!
PS ... You too can own an autographed copy of the book "Images of America - Fort Myer" ... The First Book About this Historic US Army Post. It contains over 200 "timeless historic photographs" which chronicle the first 100 years of the Post.
"Images of America: Fort Myer pays tribute to those who served there... the images reveal the changing history of a national landmark affected by world events, advancing technology and evolving demands."A telephone call announced the news. It was a surprise to hear the words that a review of the book was in the April 2013 issue of this respected publication. It is truly an honor to have the book featured in this great magazine of the Association of the US Army. The entire review is located on the AUSA website or on pages 76-77 in the magazine. With over 200 historical photographs, the book chronicles the first one hundred years of this Civil War era fortification. Then it was known as Fort Whipple - one of the Defenses of Washington. Named for General Amiel Weeks Whipple. The book - the FIRST BOOK about Fort Myer - also contains a previously unknown, handwritten note from Abraham Lincoln. It's published for the FIRST TIME on page 15 of "Images of America - Fort Myer." Purchase an author autographed copy at Buy the Book <====
The 3d Cavalry - the "Brave Rifles"After WW I, Fort Myer was where the famed 3d Cavalry - Brave Rifles - were stationed until they relinquished their horses in 1942 and headed to Georgia to become mechanized. When this film was made, COL George S Patton Jr. was commander of Fort Myer and the 3d Cavalry. Thanks to my extensive network, a video clip which was made in 1934 surfaced of these troopers exercising their mounts with sabers drawn on the drill field on Fort Myer. This joins the other three items that I've found that were filmed on Post:
- the 1909 flight of the Wright Flyer with Orville Wright & LT Frank Lahm
- the 1934 Movie "Keep 'Em Rolling" that introduced the Caisson Song
- the 1957 segment of The Big Picture with TUSAB* & TOG** on Summerall Field
SABER DRILLFor your viewing pleasure, I present below to you the Brave Rifles on Fort Myer performing one of the last saber drills (one can see the "Three Sisters" in the background as the troopers head down the drill field) You can learn more about the "Brave Rifles" and the historic Fort Myer where they were posted in the book "Images of America - Fort Myer" * TUSAB = The US Army Band **TOG = The Old Guard - 3d INFANTRY Regiment
- BG Creighton W. Abrams, Jr USA (Ret.) in "ON POINT" The Journal of Army History The Army Historical Foundation publishes an outstanding magazine - "ON POINT" Each issue is packed with great articles and information about the history of the US Army. The purpose of the foundation is to build the National Museum of the US Army which will be located outside of Washington, DC within the US Army's Fort Belvoir acreage off of Interstate 95. The Summer 2012 issue of "ON POINT" contains a fine review of "Images of America - Fort Myer" (the links will open in a new window) written by BG Creghton W. Abrams, Jr. USA (Ret.), the Executive Director of the Army Historical Foundation. It is truly an honor to be selected to appear and have a rewiew of the book in this noted magazine. Thank you! And while you're here, please consider purchasing a copy of the book. You can also get an autographed copy inscribed by the author. The book contains over 200 historical photographs as mentioned in the review - " ... Fort Myer includes over 200 timeless photographs. It is definitely worth a perusal." You will also get a first time published note from Abraham Lincoln discovered during the two plus years of research. Also please consider joining the Army Historical Foundation and support the building of the National Museum of the United States Army
" ... Fort Myer includes over 200 timeless photographs. It is definitely worth a perusal."