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Carlisle Barracks (1757-1871) (1920-Present) - Established in 1757 by England's Colonel John Stanwix and was first used for instruction on Indian fighting in 1758. The first U.S. Army educational institution, an artillery school, was also established here in 1778. Over the years ten different Army schools were located here, including the Carlisle Indian Industrial School from 1879 to 1918. Also known as Fort Lowther, Camp near Carlisle and Washington Post. Active military installation and home of the U.S. Army War College.
Carlisle Barracks History
Used as the staging area for the attack on the French Fort Duquesne (1) by British General John Forbes in 1758 during the French & Indian War. Forbes constructed a road from Carlisle to Fort Duquesne (1) at present day Pittsburg and built a series of forts along the way to supply his troops and keep the communications lines open. The Forbes Road enabled General Forbes to get a force of 8,000 men to Fort Duquesne (1) and forced the French to abandon and destroy the fort.
In 1863 the town of Carlisle was successfully held by 21st and 22nd New York Militia Regiments who withstood repeated attacks by Confederate forces led by J.E.B. Stuart. After burning down the barracks, the Confederate forces, though unbeaten, moved on to Gettysburg.
An active military installation, home to the U.S. Army War College and the second oldest army post in the country.
Location: Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.
Maps & Images
Lat: 40.21070 Long: -77.17162
- Roberts, Robert B., Encyclopedia of Historic Forts: The Military, Pioneer, and Trading Posts of the United States, Macmillan, New York, 1988, 10th printing, ISBN 0-02-926880-X, pages 675-676
Visited: 19 Apr 2012
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