Mission to EuropeAccording to Wayne Wei-siang Hsieh in his book West Pointers and the Civil War:
In the spring of 1815, Chief Engineer Joseph G. Swift ordered two West Point graduates, Capt. Sylvanus Thayer and Lt. Col. William McRee, to travel to Europe for the purpose of "an examination of the military establishments,' 'Fortifications,' 'Schools,' 'Work-shops,' and Libraries in France, Germany & England - particularly the first and last named nations, - to collect Books, Maps and Instruments."
|West Point Library (1842-1861)|
Military and Civilian HistoryMcRee graduated from West Point in 1805 and the Army commissioned him as a second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. He served as an assistant engineering in "surveying sites of fortifications on the Southern Coast"... "and in the construction of the defenses of Charleston Harbor."
|Map Showing Fort McRee|
|Troops Drilling Outside of Fort|