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This web site is derived from material included in a series of technical reports prepared for the U.S. Army Corps by Tetra Tech EC, Inc. The key reports are included in the downloads section. Additional reports are on file in the local history section of the New Rochelle Public Library.


Many archives and libraries contain primary documents, maps, and photographs related to the history of Davids Island and Fort Slocum. Some must be visited in person.  The most important of these is the U.S. National Archives, especially the branches in College Park, Maryland, and New York City.  The Library of Congress, the New York Historical Society, the Westchester Archives and Records Center, the Westchester Historical Society, and the New Rochelle Public Library also contain materials related to Davids Island or Fort Slocum.

An increasing amount of material is available online. Out-of-print, historical editions of certain pertinent newspapers such as the New York Times, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, and the Washington Post are available online. Access varies and may require a visit to a library.


While Fort Slocum has not yet been the subject of a published history, there are many useful books and articles on the topics covered by this website. Some of these are out of print, but should be available through a local library.

General History of the U.S. Army

Coffman, Edward M., 1986. “The Old Army: A Portrait of the American Army in Peacetime, 1784-1898.” Oxford University Press, New York.

Coffman, Edward M., 2004. “The Regulars: The American Army, 1898-1941.” Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Stewart, Richard W., general editor, 2005. “American Military History,” revised edition, 2 volumes. U.S. Army Center of Military History, Washington, D.C. Available online at http://www.history.army.mil/books/AMH-V1/index.htm (Volume 1) and http://www.history.army.mil/books/AMH-V2/AMH%20V2/index.htm (Volume 2).

History of New Rochelle and Westchester County

Davis, Barbara, 2009. “New Rochelle.” Images of America Series, Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, South Carolina.

Nichols, Herbert B., 1938. “Historic New Rochelle.” Board of Education, New Rochelle, NY.

Swanson, Susan Cochran, and Elizabeth Green Fuller, 1998. “Westchester County, A Pictorial History,” revised edition. Donning Publishing, Norfolk, Virginia.

Historic Architecture

Chattey, Paul, Horace Foxall, and others, 1997. “Context Study of the United States Quartermaster General Standardized Plans, 1866-1942.” Report prepared by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, Technical Center of Expertise for Preservation of Structures and Buildings, Seattle, Washington.  Available online at: http://handle.dtic.mil/100.2/ADA352432.

Hoagland, Alison K., 2004. “Army Architecture in the West: Forts Laramie, Bridger, and D.A. Russell, 1849-1912.”  University of Oklahoma Press, Norman.

McAlester, Virginia, and Lee McAlester, 1984. “A Field Guide to American Houses.” Alfred A. Knopf, New York.


Berhow, Mark, 2004. “American Seacoast Defenses: A Reference Guide,” 2nd edition. Coast Defense Study Group Press, Bel Air, Maryland.

Carlson, Christina M., and Robert Lyon, 1996. “Last Line of Defense: Nike Missile Sites in Illinois.” Rocky Mountain System Support Office, National Park Service, Denver, CO. Available online at: http://www.fas.org/nuke/guide/usa/airdef/1996-01-02135.pdf.

Lewis, Emanuel Raymond, 1979. “Seacoast Fortifications of the United States: An Introductory History,” revised edition. Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland.

McGovern, Terrance, and Bolling Smith, 2006. “American Coastal Defenses, 1885-1950.”  Fortress Series No. 44, Osprey Publishing, New York.

Polaski, Leo, and Glen Williford, 2003. “New York City’s Harbor Defenses.” Images of America Series, Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, South Carolina.

Oral History

Baum, Willa, 2007. “The Other Uses of Oral History.” The Oral History Review, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 13-24.

Lofgren, Stephen J., 2003.  “The Status of Oral History in the Army: Expanding a Tradition.” The Oral History Review, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 81-97.

Terkel, Studs, 1984. “The Good War.” Pantheon Books, New York.

Cantwell, Anne-Marie, and Dianna diZerenga Wall, 2001. “Unearthing Gotham: The Archaeology of New York City.” Yale University Press, New Haven, Connecticut.

Deetz, James F., 1967. “Invitation to Archaeology.” Natural History Press, Garden City, New York.

Deetz, James F., 1977. “In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life.” Anchor Press/Doubleday, Garden City, New York.

Hegarty, Cain, and Sarah Newsome, 2007. “Suffolk’s Defended Shore: Coastal Fortifications from the Air.” English Heritage, Swindon, Great Britain. Available online at: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.10705.

Hume, Ivor Noel, 1968. “Historical Archaeology.” Alfred A. Knopf, New York.