Military History Talks: The Vancouver Barracks

The Fort Vancouver National Trust invites history buffs to “The Vancouver Barracks: Proving Ground for Generals” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 16. This month’s presentation features Jeff Davis—author of “Weird Washington” and co-author of “Weird Oregon”—who joined the U.S. Army Reserves in 1979 at the Vancouver Barracks, and served over 30 years of active and reserve military service. He has served in Italy, Bosnia, and Southwest Asia, and two deployments with Operation Enduring Freedom as a military historian. He traveled from base to base, interviewing soldiers about their experiences in the Global War on Terrorism. Major Davis’ final assignment was as the Command Historian for the 104th Division, where he was the defacto army historian of the Vancouver Barracks.

The Vancouver Barracks was established in 1849, and was open as a military post until the new millennium. In the 150+ years of history, many young officers served at the Vancouver Barracks, and later rose to the rank of general. In his presentation, Davis will focus on many young officers who served from the 1849 to the early 1860s, and became generals in the Civil War.

There is no admission fee for the Trust’s Military History Talks. The presentation will be held at the historic Marshall House on the Fort Vancouver National Site, located at 1301 Officers Row, Vancouver. The presentation is free, but seating is limited; RSVP by emailing Upcoming Military History Talks include “C-4 Does Not Float” on April 20 and “The M1917 Army Ambulance” on May 3. For more details on each History Talk, please visit the Fort Vancouver National Trust event calendar at

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