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Cheltenham Township in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Camp William Penn

1863-1865

 
 
Camp William Penn Mermorial, Erected July 4, 1943 image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, 1990
1. Camp William Penn Mermorial, Erected July 4, 1943
Historic LaMott
Inscription.  Training camp for colored troops enlisted into the United States Army
 
Erected 1943 by Allied Veterans Association of Pennsylvania.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansWar, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1864.
 
Location. 40° 4.022′ N, 75° 8.505′ W. Marker is in Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County. Memorial is at the intersection of Sycamore Avenue and Willow Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Sycamore Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1622 Willow Ave, Elkins Park PA 19027, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Camp William Penn (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Village of La Mott (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lucretia C. Mott (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Paul's Episcopal Church (approx. half a mile away); Address by President Lincoln (approx. 0.8 miles away); In The Battle of Germantown (approx. 0.8 miles away); A National Cemetery System
Sycamore Ave & Willow Ave image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe
2. Sycamore Ave & Willow Ave
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(approx. 0.8 miles away); Mexican-American War Monument (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cheltenham Township.
 
More about this marker. Historic La Mott Village is three blocks west of Old York Road (PA 611).
 
Regarding Camp William Penn. Eleven U.S.C.T. regiments (the 3rd, 6th, 8th, 22nd, 24th, 25th, 32nd, 41st, 43rd, 45th, and 127th Colored Infantries), made up mostly of recruits from Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey were trained at Camp William Penn. One of eight camps north of the Mason-Dixon Line to train Black soldiers, William Penn was the only one set up exclusively for that purpose.

Trainees decorated for valor include Medal of Honor recipients SgtMaj. Thomas Hawkins and 1stSgt. Alexander Kelley of the 6th U.S.C.I. for their conspicuous heroism at the Battle of New Market Heights (Chaffin’s Farm) in Virginia, 29 September 1864.
 
Also see . . .
1. Activities at Camp William Penn. The navitation menu on the left of this page offers additional background information about the "The Years of Camp William Penn." (Submitted on December 23, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Camp William Penn. (Submitted on December 24, 2007, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 23, 2007, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,263 times since then and 10 times this year. Last updated on December 24, 2007, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on December 23, 2007, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   2. submitted on July 2, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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