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Culver City in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Civil War Union Camp Latham

(1861-1862)

 
 
Camp Latham Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, November 26, 2011
1. Camp Latham Marker
Inscription. The First California Infantry, under Col. James H. Carleton, and First California Calvary, under Lt. Col. Benjamin F. Davis, marched from the port of San Pedro, 18 miles, a day's journey, to lay out Camp Latham. Named for U.S. Sen. Milton S. Latham, who also served as California's 6th governor, the purpose of the camp was to curb Southern sentiment. This Civil War tent encampment, California's initial southern staging area for the war, was located on the south side of Ballona Creek, in this area, (now Jefferson and Overland), on a portion of Rancho La Ballona that became Culver City. Union Camp Kellogg existed nearby, north of Ballona Creek.
 
Erected 2006 by Culver City Historical Society. (Marker Number 11.)
 
Location. 34° 0.365′ N, 118° 23.698′ W. Marker is in Culver City, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of Overland Avenue and Virginia Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Overland Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Culver City Rotary Plaza. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5100 Overland Avenue, Culver City CA 90230, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Lugo Ranch (approx. half a mile away); Dr. Paul Carlson Memorial Park
Civil War Union Camp Latham Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, January 21, 2012
2. Civil War Union Camp Latham Marker
(approx. 0.6 miles away); Veterans Memorial Building (VMB) (approx. 0.7 miles away); La Ballona School (approx. one mile away); St. Augustine's Church (approx. one mile away); Culver City (approx. one mile away); The Hull Building (approx. 1.2 miles away); American Legion Building (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Culver City.
 
Also see . . .
1. Self-Guided WalkingTour. As you tour Downtown Culver City, you will see informative plaques installed on all city-designated Landmark and Significant structures, sites marked by the Culver City Historical Society and structures designated with National Register status. (Submitted on November 29, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.) 

2. So Cal and the Civil War. The camp was named for U.S. Senator Milton Latham, who as the sixth governor of California had the distinction of serving only five days before resigning in January 1860 to take the seat of Sen. David Broderick who had been killed the previous September in a pistol duel. From a Civil War perspective it's interesting to note that Latham was a pro-southern democrat, and his election to the office of governor was opposed by those who feared that he would make California a pro-slavery state. He was succeeded by Lt. Gov. John Downey (and another pro-southern democrat), who became the state's first foreign-born governor (Ireland) and for whom the Southern California city of Downey is named. (Submitted on December 1, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 29, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 640 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 29, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   2. submitted on January 22, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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