Fort Myer

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Fort Myer (1861-Present) - From the original 1,100 acres of the Custis-Lee Estate, it was first established as a Union defense in 1861 during the U.S. Civil War when Fort Cass (2), Virginia, a lunette which was constructed by the 9th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment in June 1861, the name of the fortification was later changed to honor Colonel Thomas Cass, the regiment’s first commander who was killed in 1862 and later included an additional fortification Fort Whipple (1). Named after Major General Amiel W. Whipple (Cullum 1063), who died 7 May 1863 of wounds suffered at the Battle of Chancellorsville. Fort Whipple (1) was renamed Fort Myer on 4 Feb 1881 for Brigadier General Albert J. Myer, first U.S. Army Chief Signal Officer. Active military installation.


Fort Myer Partial Commanders List (edit list)
Assumed Relieved Rank Name Cullum Notes
1886-12-20 1887-04-15 ‘2d Lt. Ostheim, Louis 2987
1900-02-12 1900-04 “Maj. Kingsbury, Henry P. 2387
1903-02 1903-12-20 –Col. Edgerly, Winfield S. 2361
1904-11-20 1905-05-20 –Col. Morton, Charles 2297
1918-09 1919-06-15 –Col. Lockett, James 2798
1926-08 1927-03-19 –Col. Glasgow, William J. 3414
1918-09 1919-06-15 –Col. Lockett, James 2798
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The Cullum Number is the graduation order from the United States Military Academy by year and class rank and links to a page for the officer on the website version of the Cullum Register. Listings without a Cullum Number indicate that the person was not a graduate of the United States Military Academy.

Current Status

An active military installation, a part of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington and Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.


Location: Fort Myer, Arlington County, Virginia.

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Lat: 38.8718621 Long: -77.0775355

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Visited: 21 May 2013

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