Posted by: ushistoryfiles | June 30, 2009


One of my interests is the usage of Civil War battlefields after the war.  For those of you who don’t know, many Civil War sites were used as training grounds in the years following the war.  For example during the Spanish-American War a military training camp sprung up on the site of Chickamauga Battlefield.  The site was known as Camp Thomas.  Chickamauga also saw various camps during the two world wars, but that is the subject of a later post.  Today’s post concerns a photograph that I picked up at a Civil War show years ago.

Camp WH Taft

The following explanation comes from the : “Report of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Commission,” in War Department Annual Reports, 1909, p. 26.

“The army maneuvers participated in by troops of the Regular Army and the militia of the States of Tennessee Alabama Georgia North Carolina South Carolina and Virginia were held during the months of July and August 1908 without the slightest injury to the park although quite extensive preparations were made and structures built in connection with the camp sanitation and the comfort of the troops encamped These were all removed and their locations carefully and thoroughly obliterated and with the perfect and effective discipline that was maintained among the troops and the perfect harmony existing between the commanding officer and the park officials no damage was done.”

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