West Union in Adams County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Pioneer County Seat / Camp Hamer
Camp Hamer. The Adams County Fairgrounds, established at this site in October 1853, on seven acres of land donated by Judge George Collings, was converted to a Civil War training camp named in honor of General Thomas Hamer, a Mexican War hero, of Georgetown, Ohio. The old stone Courthouse was made into a hospital to serve the camp. The 70th Ohio Volunteer infantry, organized in October 1861, trained on the old fairgrounds until Christmas day 1861, when it marched from Camp Hamer to Ripley. The 70th participated in the battles of Shiloh, Tennessee; Atlanta, Georgia; the siege at Vicksburg,
Erected 2007 by the Adams County Historical Society, the Jenkins Family, the Philip Hawkins Family, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 19-1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • Political Subdivisions • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
Location. 38° 47.58′ N, 83° 32.972′ W. Marker is in West Union, Ohio, in Adams County. Marker is at the intersection of West South Street and South West Street, on the left when traveling west on West South Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 505 W South St, West Union OH 45693, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lafferty Funeral Collection (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bradford Tavern (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cowboy Copas / The Oklahoma Cowboy (approx. ¼ mile away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Adams County Heritage Center (approx. 0.3 miles away); West Union Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church / Reverend John GrahamBentonville Anti-Horse Thief Society (approx. 4½ miles away); Zane Trace (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Union.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 15, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 15, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 131 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 15, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.