Re: Camp Jackson in Williamsport
- --- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, Stephen Recker <recker@...> wrote:
>Stephen, I am a new member of the group .. I always am intrigued by
> I just bought a letter written by a fellow in the 13th MA. It was
> mailed from Camp Jackson in Williamsport, MD in February, 1862. Does
> anyone know where that was? Thanks.
questions like yours, so I did a little research .. the only reference
to Camp Jackson that I found was the following
.. scroll down to line 72 of this PDF file "Camp Inspection Returns
1861-1864" .. you will see a reference to the 29th Pennsylvania
Infantry located at "Camp Jackson near Sandy Hook, Maryland, August
13, 1861" .. I then researched the 29th Pennsylvania .. see
http://www.pa-roots.com/~pacw/infantry/29th/29thorg.html ..they were
originally known as the "Jackson Regiment" which may have led to the
naming of the camp (the regiment was mustered in a few months earlier
than the date on the above reference,in May, 1861) .. I then did a
close study of my "Official Military Atlas" but didn't find a Camp
ackson anywhere around Sandy Hook .. maybe Camp Jackson was an
unofficial name? By the time your letter was written the 29th Pa had
apparently moved on .. perhaps it was used as a training base or
something like that.. I'll keep looking around .. hope this helps a
little .. Tom Gilbert
The friend I mentioned is a mutual friend of yours: Brad Forbush
bradleyandsue@.... He said the two of you were members of
the Pasadena Civil War Round Table, and gave five talks on the 13th
MA. He was wondering if you still remember his as a "13th MA guy."
Anyway, here's what he wrote. I'll see you at the battlefield on
one of the hikes.
"I have several references to Camp Jackson. That was the 13th Mass.
camp in Williamsport. Oct - Feb. I tried to find the exact spot
two years ago when I traveled to Williamsport, but I think I-81 runs
through it today. I haven't followed up on that yet though with the
Hagerstown Library. I have a book that states the 13th Mass Camped
in the Bowery Woods on Springfield Farm. That is the farm of
Revolutionary War Hero Otho Williams. (I believe his name is
Otho.) I believe his house and barn still stand and are marked as
an historic site in Williamsport, but I don't know specifically
where the Bowery woods were."
--- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "Scott Hann"
> Hi Stephen,
> This weekend I was contacted by a historian who is writing a new
> regimental history of the 13th MA. I'll drop him a line and see
> knows where your camp is at. In the meantime, did you check thenot
> regimental history by Charles E. Davis? Also, the veterans of the
> regiment published annual "circulars" which include information
> found in the regimental history. Give me the name of your soldierand
> I'll see what I can find. And if he was a member of Company Bchances
> are I have a photograph of him.