A Student of History

September 19, 2007

Settled in at Ft. McNair

Filed under: Employment — John Maass @ 8:46 am

At long last, it seems that I have been able to settle in to my new digs at the Army’s Center of Military History (CMH) at Ft. McNair, D.C., although I have run into typical governmental problems with regard timely reimbursements.  But all that I suppose will work out in the end and soon.  Anyway, I plan to try to increase the amount of what I post, if time permits. I had thought about quitting the blogging scene at one point a month or so ago, but will see how this goes. As usual, most of what I put on my blog falls into 2 categories:  informational postings about conferences, opportunities, new books, announcements, etc., for the most part on matters related to history; and links to news stories and websites about which I offer little comment of my own.  So I guess in a way that is not really blogging at all, since I don’t comment much myself.  This goes back to the original intent I had when I started the blog, i.e., it was supposed to be a site for my students (when I taught at Ohio State University) to get class info, etc., but it did not really work out that way.

Again, we will see how it goes.

Back to my new situation.  The job here is great, and I like Fort McNair, a lot.  In continuous use since 1791, its the closest thing to a college campus in appearance I have seen for an Army installation, and those who have been to hell-holes like Ft. Bragg know what that means.  There some details about the fort’s history here.  About 90 percent of the present buildings on the post’s 100 acres were built, reconstructed or remodeled by 1908. In 1901, with the birth of the Army War College, the post, now called Washington Barracks, became the Army’s center for the education and training of senior officers to lead and direct large numbers of troops. Its first classes were conducted in 1904. The Army Industrial College was founded at McNair in 1924 to prepare officers for high level posts in Army supply organizations, and to study industrial mobilization. It evolved into the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. The Army War College was reorganized as the Army-Navy Staff College in 1943, and became the National War College in 1946. The two colleges became the National Defense University in 1976.  The map below will show where it is exactly, at the yellow star.

I also include this photograph of the hanging of the Lincoln conspirators, which occurred here at the fort in 1865, about 50 yards from my office. 

Finally, a view of this post today:

1 Comment »

  1. Dear Dr. Maass,

    I found your blog as a result of a google search on Ft. McNair. It appears you may be particularly suited to answering my question, or at least putting me on the right track. I am trying to find information on the French 18th century cannon that are apparently at Ft. McNair, particularly the 4 pounders. I believe there are approximately a dozen or so there. Any assistance you can provide would be much appreciated.
    Many thanks

    Christopher Bryant

    Comment by Christopher Bryant — April 22, 2009 @ 4:37 pm | Reply

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