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Jackson in Jackson County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Camp Blair

 
 
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By Dave Wilcox, March 31, 2012
1. Camp Blair Marker
Inscription.  During the the American Civil War (1861-1865) one of Michigan's military headquarters was In Jackson. Camp Blair was planned 1863 as a draft rendezvous point and as a center for convalescing troops. Named for incumbent governor Austin Blair, a Jackson resident, it was built on this site to house 2,500 soilders. The 11-acre camp comprised offices, a hospital, barracks, and store-houses. The first troops arrived during the spring of 1864. In the year following the war over 22,000 Michigan troops returned home via Camp Blair. The June 27, 1866, Jackson Weekly Citizen reported demolition of the camp started: "It will only be remembered among the histories of the Great Rebellion." The location of Camp Blair was lost until members of Sons of Union Veterans researched the site site 2006.
 
Erected 2007 by State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number S0703.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission
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By Dave Wilcox, March 31, 2012
2. Camp Blair Marker
series list.
 
Location. 42° 15.135′ N, 84° 25.777′ W. Marker is in Jackson, Michigan, in Jackson County. Marker is on Wildwood, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1310, Jackson MI 49202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument (approx. 0.8 miles away); Under the Oaks (approx. 0.9 miles away); First Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. one mile away); First Congregational Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); Horace Ismon / Ismon Building (approx. 1.1 miles away); Jacksonburg Public Square (approx. 1.1 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); St. Paul's Episcopal Church (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jackson.
 
More about this marker. The Michmarkers.com site lists this marker at an incorrect location appoximately .1 mile east. at 1212 Wildwood. Also at N42.2522167 W84.4274425 which is the backyard of a private residense.
 
Camp Blair Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dave Wilcox, March 31, 2012
3. Camp Blair Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 11, 2012, by Dave Wilcox of Grass Lake, Michigan. This page has been viewed 434 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 11, 2012, by Dave Wilcox of Grass Lake, Michigan. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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