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Dunn Loring in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Camp Alger
 
Camp Alger Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 22, 2009
1. Camp Alger Marker
 
Inscription. In May 1898 the Spanish-American War came to Northern Virginia with the establishment of Camp Russell A. Alger (below). The 1,400-acre camp, south of where you are now located, encompassed the fields and forests of the former Woodburn Manor farm.

Some 23,000 soldiers from 16 states were trained here, but most would never see combat. In December the United States signed a peace treaty with Spain, and the war was over.

Pvt. George B. Thayer of the First Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, Company K, wrote home from Camp Alger in July 1898:

As we are camped on a treeless, thirty acre lot, covered with weeds and corn stubble and two inches of fine dust, you can better imagine how utterly useless it is for us to keep clean.... Everyone comes back from drills covered with sweat and dust, mixed together.... I like this camp, for it is comparatively free of bad rum and mean women....I also like the rough experience here, for it is the nearest to the real thing we have seen.
 
Erected by The Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park - Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad marker series.
 
Location. 38° 53.502′ 
 
Markers at the Dunn-Lorning Station Site Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, November 22, 2009
2. Markers at the Dunn-Lorning Station Site
 
N, 77° 13.35′ W. Marker is in Dunn Loring, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Sandburg Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located along the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Trail at the site of the old Dunn-Loring Station. Marker is in this post office area: Dunn Loring VA 22027, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tracks into History (here, next to this marker); Dunn Loring Station (here, next to this marker); Luther P. Jackson High School (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Great Falls Line (approx. 1.7 miles away); First Court House of Fairfax County (approx. 1.9 miles away); Civil War Action at Vienna (approx. 1.9 miles away); Freedom Hill Redoubt (approx. 2 miles away); a different marker also named Tracks into History (approx. 2.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dunn Loring.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a photo of Camp Alger. Camp Alger, with kitchen at right "At Breakfast," wrote Private Thayer, "one hundred of us line up and go down to the kitchen. Our rations are served to us in tin dishes, with long handles, each man bringing his own." On the upper right is a photo of the Dunn-Loring Station during the war. Proximity to the railroad was one reason that the U.S. Army chose this site for Camp Alger, Troops and supplies moved in and out through a new depot at Dunn-Lorning Station.
 
Also see . . .
1. Washington & Old Dominion Railroad. Wikipedia article offering details of the railroad and a list of stations. (Submitted on November 27, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. 1st Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. Short history and rosters of the regiment covering the service in the Spanish American War. (Submitted on November 27, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on November 27, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,528 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 27, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
 
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