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Cabinet card of USMA Cadet William S. McNair on horseback

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This cabinet card image depicts Cadet William Sharp McNair on horseback on the Plain at the United States Military Academy (West Point, New York).

The image was taken by Pach Brothers (probably the most well known photographer of West Point cadets). The image measures about 8" X 10".

The photograph was taken in the very late 1880s. McNair is shown on a powerful black horse with a cavalry saber by his side.

McNair graduated from West Point in 1890 as an Artillery LT. He went on to serve in the Philippine Insurrection where he was cited for gallantry in action. During WW1, he commanded an Artillery Brigade in both the 1st Division and 76th Division. By the end of the War he was a Major General and the Chief of Artillery for 1st Corps (AEF). MG McNair was recognized with the award of the Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) for WW1 service. Post WW1, he commanded Camp Bragg. He died in 1936 and is buried at FT Sam Houston.

Reproduction of this image in any form is not authorized.



  1. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    Thanks for looking walksoftly.

  2. tlmbaran tlmbaran, 3 years ago
    Love this photo Scott! The Horse is just stunning. The cadet is a small guy in comparison. Also, that sabre is almost as tall as he is. Great image!
  3. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    I think that it is a M1860 cavalry saber.

  4. BeauxPurdy BeauxPurdy, 3 years ago
  5. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    Thanks for looking Purdy.

  6. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    Thanks vetraio and tlmbaran.

  7. neat.old.stuff neat.old.stuff, 3 years ago
    That is a huge horse or a small man. Very neat picture and history of it.
  8. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    Thanks old stuff. It may be a mix of both-- large horse and small cadet.

  9. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    Thanks bellin.

  10. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    Thanks again AmberRose.

  11. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    Thanks scandinavian.

  12. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    Thanks for looking grandson. Check out my other postings-- I have numerous military items as well as antique photographs on CW.

  13. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    Thanks for looking moonstone!

  14. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    Thanks for looking cindy!


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