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Camp Alexander

 
 
Camp Alexander Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 31, 2010
1. Camp Alexander Marker
Inscription. Camp Alexander was created from a portion of Camp Hill between Warwick and Jefferson Avenues on Aug. 15, 1918. Part of the Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation, it quartered Black stevedore regiments and labor battalions. Named for 2nd Lt. John Hawks Alexander, U.S. Army. Graduating in 1887, he was the second Black graduate of West Point. He served with the 9th Cavalry on the frontier, then as Prof. of Military Science at Wiberforce University.
 
Erected 1985 by Newport News Historical Committee.
 
Location. 37° 0.536′ N, 76° 26.263′ W. Marker is in Newport News, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Hilton Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue, in the median on Hilton Boulevard. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newport News VA 23605, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Hill (approx. half a mile away); Ferguson Park (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Ferguson Park (approx. 1.1 miles away); Heading Out (approx. 1.1 miles away); Lake Biggins (approx. 1.1 miles away); Virginia War Museum
Hilton Blvd & Jefferson Ave image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 31, 2010
2. Hilton Blvd & Jefferson Ave
(approx. 1.1 miles away); Copeland - Newsome Park (approx. 1.1 miles away); A Behemoth in the Field (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Newport News.
 
More about this marker. The name "John Hanks Alexander" is misspelled as "John Hawks Alexander".
 
Also see . . .
1. World War I. The Old Dominion Land Company and the Development of the City of Newport News. A Collection of Maps, Blueprints, Photographs and Documents. Newport News Public Library. (Submitted on August 3, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. John Hanks Alexander (1864-1894). (Submitted on March 28, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Categories. African AmericansWar, World I
 
Lt. John Ha<b>n</b>ks Alexander image. Click for full size.
By U. S. Military Academy, circa 1887
3. Lt. John Hanks Alexander
as cadet, West Point, circa 1887
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,040 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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