The West Point Museum in West Point, NY owns the oldest and largest diversified public collection of miltaria in the Western Hemisphere. This impressive holding of over 60,000 objects chronicles our nation’s founding and history, and additionally encompasses the history of the United States Military Academy at West Point, the military history of the United States Army, and the history of warfare.
Through nearly 100 objects including works of art, military uniforms, weapons, and historical artifacts, this exhibition tells the compelling story of this fabled military academy and its important contributions to our nation’s history. Highlights include stunning 19th century landscape panoramas of the West Point area and portraits of prominent West Point graduates; various cadet rifles and swords representing different eras in Academy’s history; war trophies including a British howitzer captured during the Revolutionary War and a Confederate torpedo from the Civil War; and historical artifacts associated with West Point, including a commission letter signed by Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee’s sketch of a cadet cap, Ulysses S. Grant’s Academy diploma, and General Patton’s cadet dress coat.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website