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West Point in the Making of America, 1802-1918

looks at the history of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, its contributions to American history, and accomplishments of selected West Point graduates. Proposed by George Washington in 1783 and created 20 years later, West Point became an important American institution before the Civil War. (National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution)

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Interesting Fact:

The Civil War began when Confederate batteries shelled Fort Sumter. The Union commander, Maj. Robert Anderson (Class of 1825), taught artillery to Brig. Gen. P. G. T. Beauregard (Class of 1838), commander of the attacking Confederate forces.
Photo of Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964), Courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration

Douglas MacArthur (Class of 1903)


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