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Recovery in Decatur County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Camp Recovery

 
 
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By David Seibert, February 28, 2005
1. Camp Recovery Marker
Inscription. This medical camp was established on September 15, 1820 by the Southeastern Army of the United States headquartered at Fort Scott. It was used as a recuperation area for soldiers who had contracted malaria and dysentery in the swampy environs of the fort. Soldiers considered the fort to be the deadliest military assignment in the country because of numerous illnesses and deaths there. The camp was located on a high ridge three miles southeast of Fort Scott. A 34-pound cannon marks the site of the camp and nearby cemetery for the soldiers who perished here.
 
Erected 1995 by Historic Chattachooche Commission and the Decatur County Historical Society.
 
Location. 30° 45.331′ N, 84° 44.084′ W. Marker is in Recovery, Georgia, in Decatur County. Marker is on Booster Club Road 0.9 miles west of Hutchinson Ferry Road (Georgia Highway 97 Spur), on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Hutchinson Ferry Road is also County Road 310 and GA Highway 97 Spur. Marker is in this post office area: Bainbridge GA 39819, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Scott (approx. 0.9 miles away); Joshua Davis House (approx. 4.6 miles
Camp Recovery Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 16, 2012
2. Camp Recovery Marker
away in Florida); Ira Sanborn (approx. 5.5 miles away); Apalachicola Arsenal (approx. 6.7 miles away in Florida); a different marker also named Apalachicola Arsenal (approx. 7 miles away in Florida); United States Arsenal (1832-1861) (approx. 7.1 miles away in Florida); Charles James Munnerlyn / “Refuge” (approx. 7.6 miles away); Site of Ellicott's Observatory (approx. 7.8 miles away in Florida).
 
Regarding Camp Recovery. The cannon was one of three sent from Fort Clinch, Florida, in 1882 to mark the site of Camp Recovery and the cememtery. The other two 32 pound cannon marked the sites of Fort Hughes and Fort Scott.
 
Also see . . .  Camp Recovery. A history of Camp Recovery, including the present ownership, with photos of the site, Visitor's Building, and the cannon (identified as a 32 pound cannon, not 34 as the marker states). (Submitted on June 3, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
 
Categories. MilitaryWars, US Indian
 
Camp Recovery Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 16, 2012
3. Camp Recovery Marker
In 1971 the owners of the property constructed this gate to the site, with brick pillars and a steel arch spelling out "Camp Recovery."
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By David Seibert, May 16, 2012
4. Camp Recovery Gate
The arch over the gate to the Camp Recovery cemetery. The small visitors' center building, constructed in 1971, is visible in the distance.
 
 
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