Elkins Park in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Camp William Penn
Training camp for colored troops
enlisted into the
United States Army
Allied Veterans Association
July 4, 1943
Erected 1943 by Allied Veterans Association of Pennsylvania.
Location. 40° 4.022′ N, 75° 8.505′ W. Marker is in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Sycamore Avenue and Willow Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Sycamore Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Elkins Park PA 19027, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 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); Shoemaker-Bosler Mill Site (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Shoemaker-Bosler Mill Site (approx. one mile away); Wall House (The Ivy) (approx. 1.1 miles away); First Assembly of Abington Friends Meeting (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elkins Park.
More about this marker.
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.)
Additional keywords. U.S. Colored Troops; USCT
Categories. • African Americans • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 23, 2007, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,167 times since then and 22 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.