• Officers at Fort Jay, 1912.

    Governors Island

    National Monument New York

People

History really comes alive to us when we read or hear about another person's experience. Understanding what people heard, saw and felt, even if they lived a long time ago, helps make the past more than just a series of dates and place names. On this section of our Web site, you can delve deeper into the stories of some of the individuals who lived and worked on Governors Island, and shaped its history. Click on the links on the left to read more.
 
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Augustus Meyer, one of the students in Governors Island's Army Field Music School

Did You Know?

Garrison Davidson as superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, 1958. Later commander of U.S. First Army, Governors Island 1960-1964.

By the time General Davidson Garrison retired as commander of U.S. First Army on Governors Island in 1964, he had graduated from Stuyvesant High School, played football at West Point, was one of the winningest football coaches at the U.S. Military Academy, and served under the two most demanding generals in the U.S. Army, George S. Patton in World War II and Douglas MacArthur in Korea.