Site of Camp Belknap

Site of Camp Belknap (HMNLE)

Location: Brownsville, TX 78520 Cameron County
Country: United States of America

N 25° 57.805', W 97° 13.799'

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In May 1846 when war was declared against Mexico, the U.S. Congress authorized the raising of 50,000 volunteer troops to supplement the regular U.S. Army. General Zachary Taylor was quickly inundated with volunteer soldiers arriving at Brazos Santiago, and was forced to place them in temporary encampments.
Camp Belknap, located on this site, was established in the summer of 1846. The camp was located on a long narrow rise of land, measuring about 2 miles in length and one-half mile at its widest point. It was the first high ground encountered after leaving the Gulf Coast.
Thought to be the largest encampment for volunteer soldiers, troop estimates total 7,000-8,000 men including several regiments from eight states. Soldiers suffered exposure to the elements, unsanitary living conditions, overcrowding, biting insects, thorny plants, and disease. Many died a premature death, often resulting in one to two funerals daily.
No enemy attacks took place despite one false alarm. During August and September most of the volunteers were moved upriver either to camps nearer Matamoros, or further to Camargo. The camp was completely empty by December 1846.
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HM NumberHMNLE
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Year Placed1996
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 4:06pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 677211 N 2872831
Decimal Degrees25.96341667, -97.22998333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 25° 57.805', W 97° 13.799'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds25° 57' 48.30" N, 97° 13' 47.94" W
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Area Code(s)956
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 19 Boca Chica Blvd, Brownsville TX 78520, US
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