At the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum, we have a period “carte de visite” of East Greenwich, RI, native, Major General Silas Casey, featured along with his actual autograph. Silas was a West Point graduate and a veteran of the Second Seminole War and Mexican-American War. He would go on to command men in battle during the American Civil War. He is buried at Casey Farm in Saunderstown, RI.
Casey is perhaps best known today for writing the famed three-volume “System of Infantry Tactics” known colloquially as “Casey’s Tactics”. The books were widely read by both sides in the American Civil War to turn citizens into soldiers.