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Fort Des Moines, Ia (Paperback)

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Often referred to as the West Point of the Midwest because of its majestic red brick buildings and lush tree-lined landscape, Fort Des Moines shaped American history from its inception. Originally located at the fork of the Raccoon and Des Moines Rivers, Fort Des Moines relocated four miles south of the city and began to assume its revolutionary place in military history. By 1909, it was the largest cavalry post in the country, and Pres. William H. Taft chose it as the site of his Great Tournament of cavalry units. In 1917, for the first time in American history, African American officers received commissions at Fort Des Moines. Future president Ronald Reagan perfected his equestrian skills on its vast parade ground. The legacy of the cavalry lingered when, in 1942, the fort served as the first training center for the Womens Army Auxiliary Corps, and many female recruits found themselves sleeping in cavalry stables converted into barracks. *Author: LeFew-Blake, Penelope A. *Series Title: Images of America (Arcadia Publishing) *Binding Type: Paperback *Number of Pages: 127 *Publication Date: 2006/08/30 *Language: English *Dimensions: 9.30 x 6.56 x 0.34 inches

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Publisher Arcadia Pub
Mfg Part# 9780738540689
SKU 202872560
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0738540684
Release Date 4/10/2007
Product Attributes
Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0127
Publisher Arcadia Publishing (SC)
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