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A. W. Greely. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62--95948).


Greely, Adolphus Washington (27 March 1844–20 October 1935), soldier and arctic explorer, was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts, the son of John Balch Greely, a shoemaker, and Frances D. Cobb, a cotton mill weaver. Greely graduated from Brown High School, Newburyport, in 1860, and in the following year, at the age of seventeen, he joined the Nineteenth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. He served as a private, corporal, and first sergeant and was hospitalized for wounds sustained at Antietam, including a facial injury, which he covered with a beard for the remainder of his life. On furlough in 1863 he accepted a commission as a second lieutenant in the Fourth U.S. Volunteers (later Eighty-first U.S. Colored Infantry), stationed in Louisiana....


Schwatka, Frederick (29 September 1849–02 November 1892), army officer and arctic explorer, was born in Galena, Illinois, the son of Frederick Schwatka, a cooper, and Amelia (maiden name unknown). At an early age he migrated with his family to Oregon. The lure of the frontier influenced Schwatka for the rest of his life. As a young man, he worked as a printer and attended Willamette University. In 1867 he obtained an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. After graduating in 1871, he became a lieutenant in the Third United States Cavalry....