Camp Harlan

Camp Harlan (HM1QOQ)

Location: Mount Pleasant, IA 52641 Henry County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 58.58', W 91° 34.953'

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With the assistance of Senator James Harlan, the War Department authorized a military training camp at Mount Pleasant in October of 1861. The first recruits began arriving that September at Camp Harlan, which was designated as a cavalry training post for the Fourth Iowa Volunteer Cavalry. Twelve companies had been mustered by November 23, 1861 with 1086 men and officers. These first recruits found only an open meadow and piles of lumber to be used for barracks construction, with the people of the county providing food and blankets. The first companies left by train on February 25 when the Fourth Iowa received orders to move to Benton Barracks, St. Louis, Missouri.

Starting in August, 1862 a second regiment was organized, the 25th Iowa Volunteer Infantry, with the military post now called Camp McKean. Ten companies were mustered on September 27, 1862 with a strength of 972 men. After training under the command of Colonel George A. Stone, the first units left for St. Louis early in November.

Nine soldiers died while on duty at Camp Harlan and Camp McKean. They are buried in Forest Home Cemetery.
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Date Added Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 at 5:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 619254 N 4537097
Decimal Degrees40.97633333, -91.58255000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 58.58', W 91° 34.953'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 58' 34.8" N, 91° 34' 57.18" W
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Area Code(s)319, 641
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2260-2262 Hickory Ave, Mount Pleasant IA 52641, US
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