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Anchors Aweigh: Macculloch Hall and U.S. Naval History
February-September 2019

Includes children’s exhibition, Don’t Give Up the Ship!

The Navy has played a significant role in the Macculloch family’s history.

A grandson of George and Louisa Macculloch, Henry William Miller (1836-1904), a graduate of the Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1853, served on the USS Mohican at the battle of Port Royal and participated in the blockade of Charleston, South Carolina during the Civil War. He resigned from the Navy in 1866 with the rank of lieutenant commander.

Henry’s younger brother, Jacob William Miller (1847-1918), graduated the Naval Academy in 1867. As a lieutenant, he was sent to Nicaragua to explore a possible canal route, and in 1877 he served on the USS Vandalia where he was assigned to escort President Grant and his wife on their tour of the Mediterranean. He later helped found the New York State Naval Reserve and became its commodore.

After purchasing Macculloch Hall in 1949, W. Parsons Todd (1877-1976) added many items related to the Navy to its collection. This interest may have sparked by the memory of his uncle, Henry Davis Todd (1838-1907), who graduated the Naval Academy with Henry William Miller and served with him on the USS Minnesota during its cruise to China.

This naval tradition is part of Morristown’s history. In a speech given by Jacob William Miller at Macculloch Hall for the first meeting of the Admiral Radford Section of the Navy League in 1906, he declared that “if a circle of less than one mile were described around the place we are now sitting, it would embrace the homes, or former residences, of over 40 naval offices who have lived among us.”

Now Showing in our Thomas Nast Gallery

Thomas Nast Follows Giuseppe Garibaldi (August 4-November 3, 2019)

2020 marks the 160th anniversary of Thomas Nast’s coverage of Giuseppe Garibaldi’s military campaign to bring Sicily under Italian rule. Embedded with Garibaldi’s army of “Redshirts” was 19-year-old Thomas Nast (1840-1902), sent to Italy in 1860 to cover Garibaldi’s exploits.

Working as a reporting artist for The Illustrated London News and the New-York Illustrated News, Nast gained invaluable experience as a battlefield correspondent in Sicily. Applying his formal artistic training from the National Academy of Design, Nast created dynamic illustrations that brought to life Garibaldi’s fight to liberate and unify Sicily and the southern Italian sates.

Nast’s battlefield reporting abroad would serve him well upon his return to the United States. Harper’s Weekly appointed the artist a Civil War reporter in 1861. The sketches Nast created of Garibaldi’s campaign prepared him for the challenge of visually recording Civil War battles. Nast’s successful Civil War coverage ultimately led national acclaim.