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Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Eisenhower's Quarters

Fort George G. Meade

— United States Army —

Eisenhower's Quarters Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By F. Robby, June 7, 2008
1. Eisenhower's Quarters Marker
With the signing of the armistice ending World War I, the overseas orders of Dwight David Eisenhower were canceled. Instead, he was transferred from Command of Camp Colt, the Army's Tank Training Center in Gettysburg, PA, to Camp Meade, Maryland.

His tour at Camp Meade offered much that would later serve him well in World War II. Major Eisenhower graduated from the Camp Meade Tank School and served as commanding officer of several tank units. While here, Eisenhower met and became friends with Major George S. Patton, Jr. As two of the most promising officers in the Tank Corps, they were free to experiment with new concepts for armored warfare.

Eisenhower's quarters stood near this marker. The quarters were actually a partitioned section of an old barracks. In 1919 the Army only provided quarters. Officers were expected to bear all maintenance and repair costs. Renovations to the barren and drab quarters cost Eisenhower "...about $700 or $800, not counting the labor Mamie and I had invested in the old barracks." Due to the low pay in the Army and the expense of repairs, they furnished the apartment with furniture salvaged
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from the camp dump. The family slept on army cots for a time, until they could afford beds.

On December 23, 1920, their son, Doud Dwight "Icky" Eisenhower developed a high fever. He spent most of Christmas Day in bed, too sick to enjoy the holiday. Two days later the camp doctor diagnosed scarlet fever. An ambulance took the young boy to the post hospital, while Mamie was placed in isolation while her husband tended to their child. On January 2, 1921, little Doud died in his father's arms.

The Eisenhowers left Camp Meade January 1922.

This plaque erected in 1996 by the Fort Meade Museum.
Erected 1996 by Fort Meade Museum.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesWar, World I. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #34 Dwight D. Eisenhower series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1882.
Location. 39° 5.835′ N, 76° 43.319′ W. Marker is in Fort Meade, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is on Chamberlin Avenue, 0.1 miles north of 4th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort George G Meade MD 20755, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Tank School and Tank Corps (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Franklin Cantonment
Eisenhower's Quarters Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By F. Robby, June 7, 2008
2. Eisenhower's Quarters Marker
(about 800 feet away); 85th Medical Battalion Avenue (approx. ¼ mile away); Patton's Headquarters (approx. ¼ mile away); School for Bakers and Cooks (approx. 0.3 miles away); Post Hospital (approx. 0.7 miles away); Hodges Hall (approx. 0.9 miles away); White Oak (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Meade.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 4, 2009, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,404 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 4, 2009, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.

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