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US Military Academy, West Point

  • Also Known As: West Point

  • Address: NY 218
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Historic District

In all your conversations with the Secretary, never lose sight of our leading star, which is not a little mathematical school, but a great national establishment to turn ... We must always bear it in mind that our officers are to be men of science, and such as will by their acquirements be entitled to the notice of learned societies. Lt Col Jonathan Williams

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Timeline

Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1802/03/16 Thomas Jefferson US President Thomas Jefferson signs the Military Peace Establishment Act, directing a corps of engineers to be established at West Point in the state of New York, and shall constitute a Military Academy. The academy's sole function is to train engineers. Opening of the United States Military Academy at West Point
1802/07/04 Lt Col Jonathan Williams Superintendent The United States Military Academy at West Point formally opens for instruction. Opening of the United States Military Academy at West Point
1823/07/01 John Farley Education John Farley graduates from the US Military Academy at West Point, he enrolled 24 June 1819
1824/09/15 Marquis de Lafayette Guest of Honor Lafayette and Alexander Hamilton's widow, Elizabeth, review the cadets at West Point. Lafayette's Triumphal Tour of America
1824/09/15 Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton Dignitary Lafayette and Alexander Hamilton's widow, Elizabeth, review the cadets at West Point. Lafayette's Triumphal Tour of America
1829/00/00 Lloyd Bryce Education Lloyd Bryce graduates third in his class from West Point United States Military Academy Class of 1829
1829/00/00 Henry du Pont Education Henry du Pont graduates from the American Classical and Military Academy in Germantown, Pennsylvania and enrolls at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.
1829/00/00 Robert E Lee Education Robert E Lee graduates second in his class from West Point, US Military Academy United States Military Academy Class of 1829
1830/07/00 Edgar Allan Poe Education Edgar Allan Poe enters the US Military Academy at West Point, New York.
1839/07/01 Erastus B Strong Education Erastus Burton Strong of Arkansas enters the United States Military Academy at West point.
1839/09/14 Ulysses S Grant Education Hiram Ulysses Grant enlist as Cadet U S Grant, Representative Thomas L Hamer having goofed up Grant's name, at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.
1840/00/00 Rev George Deshon Life US Grant's roommate, Cadet Deshon hunts down a turkey at the US Military Academy at West Point. How Grier Became a Colonel (article)
1840/00/00 Gen William N Grier USMA Instructor During inspection, Lt Grier walks around Deshon and Grant's room with his gaze on the ceiling and announces, "Gentlemen, it seems to me I can smell something cooking." Grier is careful not to see the evidence and does not report the Cadets. How Grier Became a Colonel (article)
1840/00/00 Ulysses S Grant Life Cadet Deshon and Cadet Grant begin roasting a turkey in their chamber at the US Military Academy at West Point. How Grier Became a Colonel (article) Turkey
1843/06/30 Ulysses S Grant Education Ulysses S Grant graduates, 21st out of 39 in his class, from United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. At USMA, Grant grew 5 inches taller.
1844/07/01 Erastus B Strong Education Erastus B Strong graduates 14th in a class of 25 from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
1848/00/00 William Petit Trowbridge Education William Petit Trowbridge graduates at the top of his class from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.
1849/00/00 Charles William Field Education President James K Polk appointed Charles W Field as an "at large" cadet to the United States Military Academy.
1854/00/00 Oliver Otis Howard Graduate Immediately after graduating from Bowdoin, Oliver Otis Howard enters the US Military Academy at West Point where he will graduate fourth in his class in 1854.
1857/00/00 Maj Richard Kidder Meade Jr Education Richard Kidder Meade graduates from the United States Military Academy at West Point. As an engineer officer in the United States Army, he is assigned to Charleston, South Carolina.
1861/00/00 Henry A du Pont Education Henry Algernon DuPont graduates from the United States Military Academy, West Point, in 1861 and serves as a Captain in the 5th Artillery, Union Army.
1861/06/00 George Armstrong Custer Education After 34 members of West Point's class of 1862 petitioned the school's administration to graduate a year early, the school escalated and compress their last year to less than two months. George Custer graduates last in this class of 1862.
1861/06/00 Hugh J Kilpatrick Education Hugh Judson Kilpatrick graduates from the United States Military Academy and is commissioned a second lieutenant in the 1st US Artillery. Within three days he makes captain in the 5th New York Infantry, "Duryee's Zouaves".
1879/00/00 Lawrence Davis Tyson Education Lawrence Tyson takes a competitive exam for an appointment at West Point Military Academy, earning the highest grade and an appointment.
1909/06/11 George S Patton Education George Patton graduates from West Point

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Particulars for US Military Academy, West Point:
Military Event American Revolutionary War
Higher Learning College
Area of Significance Education
Owner Federal
Architectural Style Federal Style
Structure Type Fortification
Area of Significance Historic and non-aboriginal
Sight Category Historic District
Criteria Historic Event
Criteria Information Potential
Area of Significance Military
Historic Use Military facility
Level of Significance National
Architectural Style Neoclassical
Architectural Style Tudor Revival



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 15th October 1966

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name: U.S. Military Academy
Registry Address: NY 218
Registry Number: 66000562
Resource Type: District
Owner: Federal
Architect: Multiple
Architectural Style: Classical revival, Tudor revival, Federal
Area in Acres: 2500
Contributing Buildings: 17
Non-Contributing Buildings: 3
Contributing Sites: 5
Contributing Structures: 3
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Historic and non-aboriginal, Military, Education
Applicable Criteria: Event, Information Potential
Cultural Affiliation: American Revolution
Period of Significance: 1900-1924, 1875-1899, 1850-1874, 1750-1799, 1825-1849, 1800-1824
Significant Year: 1775, 1802
Historic Function: Education, Defense
Historic Sub-Function: Military facility, College, Fortification
Current Function: Education, Defense
Current Sub-Function: Military facility College

Creative Works »

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The Long Gray Line Film John Ford The Long Gray Line is set and was filmed at the US Military Academy, West Point

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