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Mt Pleasant in Henry County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Camp Harlan

 
 
Camp Harlan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 9, 2007
1. Camp Harlan Marker
Inscription. With the assistance of Senator James Harlan, the War Department authorized a military training camp at Mount Pleasant in October of 1861. The first recruits began arriving that September at Camp Harlan, which was designated as a cavalry training post for the Fourth Iowa Volunteer Cavalry. Twelve companies had been mustered by November 23, 1861 with 1086 men and officers. These first recruits found only an open meadow and piles of lumber to be used for barracks construction, with the people of the county providing food and blankets. The first companies left by train on February 25 when the Fourth Iowa received orders to move to Benton Barracks, St. Louis, Missouri.

Starting in August, 1862 a second regiment was organized, the 25th Iowa Volunteer Infantry, with the military post now called Camp McKean. Ten companies were mustered on September 27, 1862 with a strength of 972 men. After training under the command of Colonel George A. Stone, the first units left for St. Louis early in November.

Nine soldiers died while on duty at Camp Harlan and Camp McKean. They are buried in Forest Home Cemetery.
 
Location. 40° 58.58′ N, 91° 34.953′ W. Marker is in Mt Pleasant, Iowa, in Henry County. Marker is at the intersection of West Courtland Street
Camp Harlan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 9, 2007
2. Camp Harlan Marker
and Hickory Avenue, on the right when traveling west on West Courtland Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Pleasant IA 52641, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Camp Harlan (here, next to this marker); James Harlan (approx. 1.7 miles away).
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 215 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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