18th-19th Century


Explore some of the earliest milestones in U.S. military history in the events and conflicts of the 18th and 19th centuries that would shape our nation — from the Age of Liberty to the Spanish-American War — and lay the bedrock of U.S. military heritage.

Connect with history through defining events and artifacts. This gallery covers events like the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the War of 1812, the fall of Mexico City and Roosevelt’s Rough Riders.

Discover how our country’s federal government and economic system were shaped by Alexander Hamilton’s tutelage under George Washington, his subsequent appointment to Chief of Staff and the publishing of Modern Business, a series of 26 texts that detailed best practices in finance and management.

Engage with interactive and multimedia displays to learn and better understand critical historical context, from how westward expansion led to inevitable conflict with American Indian tribes to how Union and Confederate military strategy shaped the Battle of Fredericksburg in 1862.

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