Historic Camp ThomasIn 1898 the Spanish-American war allowed the South to demonstrate its loyalty and honor under fire. At first, secretary of war Russell A. Alger, was concerned that Southerners would not support the war due to bitterness over losing the Civil War. He then had an absolute brilliant idea he would recruit several former Confederate generals to wear the blue uniform of the U.S. Army once again. He chose, among others, Thomas L. Rosser, Fritz Lee, and Joe Wheeler. All were commissioned as major generals of volunteers. On June 10, 1898, President McKinley appointed Rosser a brigadier general of the United States. His first task was training young cavalry recruits in a camp, designated camp, was, on the old Civil War battlefield of Chickamauga in North Georgia. General Joe Wheeler, who was still vigorous and active, assumed command of the U.S. cavalry forces in Cuba and was in field command of them San Juan Hill. It's been reported that in the heat of excitement of battle, Wheeler slipped and shouted to his men, "Hurrah! We got the damn Yankees on the run" referring to the Spanish as "Yankees."
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|Date Added||Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 at 10:18pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 656055 N 3860030|
|Decimal Degrees||34.87066667, -85.29260000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 34° 52.24', W 85° 17.556'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||34° 52' 14.4" N, 85° 17' 33.36" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 208-220 GA-341, Chickamauga GA 30707, US|
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