Duty, Honor, Country: Antebellum Portraits of West Pointers

June 23, 2023 - May 19, 2024

Seated young man in a West Point uniform

In the years leading up to the Civil War, the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, emerged as a vital training ground for men who built the nation’s infrastructure, played decisive roles in its military campaigns and took part in its political life. Drawn exclusively from the Portrait Gallery’s collection of daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes, this exhibition features early camera portraits of individuals such as Ulysses S. Grant, George Armstrong Custer, John Pelham, “Stonewall” Jackson and Gouverneur Kemble Warren. The course of these men’s lives and careers was shaped by their education at West Point.

“Duty, Honor, Country” is curated by Ann Shumard, senior curator of photographs, and will be on view June 23, 2023, through June 9, 2024.