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Montgomery C. Meigs and the Building of the Nation's Capital

At the age of thirty-six, in 1852, Lt. Montgomery Cunningham Meigs of the Army Corps of Engineers reported to Washington, D.C., for duty as a special assistant to the chief army engineer, Gen. Joseph G. Totten. It was a fateful assignment, both for the nation’s capital and for the bright, ambitious, and politically connected West Point graduate.

Meigs's forty-year tenure in the nation's capital was by any account spectacularly successful. He surveyed, designed, and built the Washington water supply system, oversaw the extension of the U.S. Capitol and the erection of its massive iron dome, and designed and supervised construction of the Pension Building, now the home of the National Building Museum. The skills he exhibited in supervising engineering projects were carefully noted by political leaders, including president-elect Abraham Lincoln, who named Meigs quartermaster general of the Union Army, the most important position he held during his long and active military career.

Meigs believed Washington, D.C., should be the reincarnation of Rome, the ancient capital of the Roman Empire. He endeavored to memorialize the story of the American nation in all the structures he built, expressing these ideas in murals, sculpture, and monumental design.

Historians have long known Meigs for the organizational genius with which he fulfilled his duty as quartermaster general during the Civil War and for his unwavering loyalty to Lincoln and Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. This volume establishes his claim as one of the major nineteenth-century contributors to the built environment of the nation's capital.

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Format: Book
Title: Montgomery C. Meigs and the building of the nation's Capital / edited by William C. Dickinson, Dean A. Herrin, and Donald R. Kennon.
Publisher Date: Athens, Ohio : Published for the United States Capitol Historical Society by Ohio University Press, c2001.
Subject: Meigs, Montgomery C. (Montgomery Cunningham), 1816-1892 United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.) United States. Army -- Officials and employees -- Biography. Civil engineers -- United States -- Biography Washington (D.C.) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- History.
Isbn: 0821413961 (cloth : alk. paper) 082141397X (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Format: Book
Title: Montgomery C. Meigs and the building of the nation's Capital / edited by William C. Dickinson, Dean A. Herrin, and Donald R. Kennon.
Publisher, Date: Athens, Ohio : Published for the United States Capitol Historical Society by Ohio University Press, c2001.
Description: xiv, 198 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.
Series: Perspectives on the art and architectural history of the United States Capitol
Series: Perspectives on the art and architectural history of the United States Capitol
Subjects: Meigs, Montgomery C. (Montgomery Cunningham), 1816-1892
Subjects: United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)
Subjects: United States. Army -- Officials and employees -- Biography.
Subjects: Civil engineers -- United States -- Biography
Subjects: Washington (D.C.) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- History.
Other Author: Dickinson, William C., 1922-
Other Author: Herrin, Dean A., 1958-
Other Author: Kennon, Donald R., 1948-
Other Author: United States Capitol Historical Society
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN: 00069557
ISBN: 0821413961 (cloth : alk. paper)
ISBN: 082141397X (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Call Number: 975.3 Mon