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Camp Blair: Major Military Headquarters

 
 
Camp Blair: Major Military Headquarters Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, April 29, 2022
1. Camp Blair: Major Military Headquarters Marker
Inscription.  Camp Blair was named after Gov. Austin Blair, who served as "Michigan's Civil War Governor" from 1861-65. Blair, of Jackson, visited the camp several times. He is buried in Mt. Evergreen Cemetery,Jackson.

Camp of Many Purposes

Camp Blair was a major federal military headquarters during the Civil War. It served many purposes, including as a draft rendezvous point and convalescing center for thousands of Union troops from 1863-1866. Among buildings in the camp were the Quartermaster/Commissary buildings (where supplies were received and issued) and the Post Headquarters, which were on the property occupied by the current owner. Other buildings in the 11-acre camp included barracks that could house 100 men at a time, a 100-bed hospital and a bakery. The camp was commanded by Col. Grover Wormer and later by Brig. Gen. Lysander Cutler. Camp Blair was demolished in 1866.

The above photo shows buildings that were located on this property and uniformed soldiers. The map on the left, courtesy National Archives, shows the camp layout (blue star added to show current location). Other images are courtesy Michigan's
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Military Heritage Museum.
 
Erected by Jackson County Michigan Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. 42° 15.129′ N, 84° 25.693′ W. Marker is in Jackson, Michigan, in Jackson County. Marker is on North Wisner Street north of Wildwood Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located at the Michigan Military Heritage Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 311 North Wisner Street, Jackson MI 49202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Camp Blair (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jackson County Korean Veterans Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away); Gold Star Mothers Of Jackson County World War II Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away); Jackson County World War II Veterans Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away); Michael M. Medley Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away); Unknown Soldiers Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away); Jackson County World War I Veterans Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away); Jackson County Spanish War Veterans Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jackson.
 
Also see . . .  Michigan's Military Heritage Museum. (Submitted on November 19, 2022.)
 
Camp Blair: Major Military Headquarters Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, April 29, 2022
2. Camp Blair: Major Military Headquarters Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 19, 2022, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 219 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 19, 2022, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Apr. 19, 2024