The bust of General Edward O. C. Ord was provided many years of prominent display at Fort Ord. Upon closure, the bust was relegated to storage in a dark unused office "awaiting orders." Initiated by CSUMB, and with the full cooperation of the U.S. Army, the FOAA facilitated the permanent loan to and display of the bust in CSUMB's Library Learning Complex on the CSUMB campus. The October 29, 1996 ceremony celebrated the General's bust "finding a new home."

CSUMB's Library staff prepared an informational display to enhance the educational value of the artwork to the students and community visitors. The additional information comprises news articles, photographs, and a complete bibliography. These are designed to let the students learn from as well as appreciate this display.

Unveiling of Gen. Ord bust
Colonel David Gross, garrison commander of the Presidio of Monterey, and Dr. Peter Smith, CSUMB founding president, unveil the bust of General Ord at its new home in CSUMB's Library Learning Complex.
Numerous guests and media attended
Numerous guests and media members attend the October 29, 1996 unveiling ceremony.
Gen. Ord at home in the CSUMB Library
Colonel David Gross, garrison commander of the Presidio of Monterey, Colonel Ila Mettee-McCutchon, chief of BRAC at Fort Ord, and Dr. Peter Smith, CSUMB founding president, welcome the bust of General Ord to its new home at the CSUMB Library.

Some Biographical Information on General Ord

General Edward O. C. Ord retired from the U.S. Army on December 6, 1881, at the age of 62 after 41 years of service. He attended the Military Academy and was appointed second lieutenant in the 3d Artillery on July 1, 1839.

General Ord's service career included action in many Indian Campaigns, both in Florida and the U.S. West. He served two tours of duty in California. In January 1847, he arrived in arrived in Monterey and assumed command of F/ 3d Artillery. He surveyed and constructed Fort Mervine (now known as the Presidio of Monterey).

General Ord also produced the first official survey of Los Angeles while he was stationed in Monterey. Decorated for valorous action during the Civil War, he rose to the rank of brevet major general. Following the war, he fulfilled a number of assignments in the U.S. West, including another tour in California.

Following his retirement, General Ord worked on building railroads in Veracruz, Mexico. He contracted yellow fever and died in Havana, Cuba, on his way back to the United States. For more information, you can reference an American Civil War bibliography that is available at CSUMB's Library Learning Complex and on the World Wide Web.

Discussion between attendees
Major General Fred Lawson, U. S. Army, retired, Fort Ord Alumni Association Advisory Board chair (center) discusses the unveiling ceremony with Colonel Ila Mettee-McCutchon, chief of BRAC at Fort Ord (left) and Dr. Stephen Payne, DLI historian (right).
Discussion between attendees
Colonel David Gross, garrison commander of the Presidio of Monterey (center), and FOAA Advisory Board members Major General William H. Gourley, U.S. Army, retired (left), and Lieutenant General James Moore, U.S. Army, retired (right), talk about future plans of the Fort Ord Alumni Association, Fort Ord, and CSUMB.