“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Camp Carroll

From Plantation to Federal Camp

Camp Carroll Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, September 16, 2007
1. Camp Carroll Marker
Inscription. This land was part of a 2,568-acre tract named Georgia Plantation, that Charles Carroll purchased in 1732. By 1760, his son Charles Carroll, a lawyer, had constructed a Georgian summer home, Mount Clare. the Carroll family lived here until 1852.

In April 1861, in the first bloodshed of the Civil War, a crowd of Confederate sympathizers in Baltimore attacked the 6th Massachusetts Infantry as it passed through the city en rout to Washington. By summer the U.S. Army had established camps throughout Baltimore. Brig. Gen. John Reese Kenly, of the Maryland militia, opened a recruiting office and a month later took command of the 1st Maryland Infantry as colonel. He converted the pastures to the west of Mount Clare, then a hotel, into a training facility named Camp Carroll.

On March 22, 1862 the U.S. Army created the Middle Department in Baltimore to protect rail and communication lines. Gen. James Cooper’s brigade, organized in April, including troops stationed here at Camp Carroll near the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad line. The brigade was disbanded on May 25, 1862. Units were trained here in drill, guard, and patrol duties. Officers may have been quartered in the Mount Clare Hotel, which offered an outstanding view of the camp. In the fall of 1862, Camp Carroll was renamed Camp Chesebrough, honoring Lt. Colonel William
Camp Carroll Marker at Mount Clare, the Georgia Plantation image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, February 16, 2011
2. Camp Carroll Marker at Mount Clare, the Georgia Plantation
G. Chesebrough, 17th U.S. Infantry. In 1864 the name reverted to Camp Carroll. The camp remained in use by Federal forces until the war ended.
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 16.746′ N, 76° 38.612′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from Washington Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is near the Mount Clare Mansion in Carroll Park. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21230, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mount Clare (a few steps from this marker); Mt. Clare (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Mt. Clare (within shouting distance of this marker); 1917 – 1918 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mount Clare, the Georgia Plantation (approx. ¼ mile away); Carroll Park (approx. ¼ mile away); Gas, Dredges, Beer, and Pianos (approx. half a mile away); Carroll Park at the Golf Course (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 16, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,449 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 16, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2. submitted on April 1, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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