Tod Barracks, 1863

Tod Barracks, 1863 (HM6BT)

Location: Columbus, OH 43215 Franklin County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 58.423', W 83° 0.156'

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One of five Civil War military posts in Columbus, Tod Barracks, named in honor of Governor David Tod, was built in 1863 as the headquarters for military administration in central Ohio. Necessitated by Lincoln's call for 300,000 new troops, the post was constructed in two months with United States Engineer, Captain John Tod, as supervisor. Carpenters of the 88th Ohio Volunteer Infantry from Camp Chase, three miles west, built it.Tod Barracks served as a recruiting depot, a rendezvous point fornew recruits, and place where soldiers mustered-out after the war.Located adjacent to Columbus' Union Station, the post also served asa transfer point for soldiers and officers traveling through Ohio.

Tod Barracks' main administration building faced HighStreet; an arched entrance opened to a paradeground flanked by six barracks that quartered up to5,000 enlisted soldiers. In addition, there was aguardhouse, two mess halls, small hospital, sutler'sstore, and officers' quarters and offices. The installation occupied almost nine acres and was surroundedby a twelve-foot high board fence. During the war, adjacent Goodale Park served as a campground for mobilizing regiments that could not be quartered at the barracks. Tod Barracks operated through 1866 while the Union army demobilized. The last remnant was torn down in 1911.
HM NumberHM6BT
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Marker Number83-25
Year Placed2003
Placed ByThe Ohio Bicentennial Commission, the Hadler and Peppe Families, the Greater Columbus Convention Center, and The Ohio Historical Society
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Date Added Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 3:31pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 328986 N 4426760
Decimal Degrees39.97371667, -83.00260000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 58.423', W 83° 0.156'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 58' 25.38" N, 83° 0' 9.36" W
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Area Code(s)614, 513
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-21 E Goodale St, Columbus OH 43215, US
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