The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Fort Leavenworth from local author Kenneth M. LaMaster. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images telling the stories of a place where the men and women proudly serve their country.
On March 17, 1827, Col. Henry Leavenworth received orders from Washington. Along with four companies of the 3rd Infantry Regiment, he departed from the Jefferson Barracks at St. Louis, traveled up the Missouri River, and selected a site for a permanent settlement. Cantonment Leavenworth was established on May 8, 1827, and renamed Fort Leavenworth on February 8, 1832. Since then, it has grown and met the demands of the U.S. Army.
From the protection of pioneers along the Santa Fe Trail to peacekeeping missions among the Native Americans, the fort's role in the nation's expansion westward is second to none. Fort Leavenworth has continually reinvented itself to meet the challenges facing the nation. From training units during the Civil War to army education during Operation Enduring Freedom, the fort's many schools have stood true to their motto: Ad bellum pace parati (prepared in peace for war).
The author hopes “that this work sheds new light on the story of this historic military reservation and inspires many others to tell the stories that are yet to be told.”
Highlights of Fort Leavenworth:
• Images in the book came from the collections of the Frontier Army Museum, Combined Armed Research Library, Library of Congress, the National Archives and Records Administration, and several private collections.
• Fort Leavenworth is home to one of the first twelve national cemeteries established by President Abraham Lincoln.
• The military’s only long term prison facility, the United States Disciplinary Barracks, is located in Fort Leavenworth.
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