Camp Anderson

Camp Anderson (HM28Y2)

Location: Lancaster, OH 43130 Fairfield County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 43.479', W 82° 35.887'

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Fairfield County quickly mobilized after the attack on Ft. Sumter, South Carolina on April 12, 1861 and the beginning of the Civil War. Parts of the county fairgrounds became Camp Anderson, in honor of Major Robert Anderson who commanded Fort Sumter during the attack. Enlisted men were trained there before being sent to war. Meanwhile the existing militia company—the Lancaster Guards—plus new volunteers reported for duty at the Ohio Statehouse. They had the honor of being designated Company A for the 1st Ohio Volunteer Infantry. The 1st OVI became the Capital Guard in Washington DC.

Another 185 local men enlisted at Camp Anderson as the 2nd and
3rd Lancaster Guards in 1861. These Fairfield County units made
up much of the 17th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Few units besides
the 17th, if any, had more local men in the field during the
war. They saw action in Chickamauga and Chattanooga, Tennessee
and joined Lancaster's own General William Tecumseh Sherman in
his March to the Sea in 1864. The 17th OVI was mustered out
of the Army on August 15, 1864 with 27 men, one-fourth of the
approximately 100 who enlisted.
HM NumberHM28Y2
Year Placed2013
Placed ByCiwil War 150 Alliance—Fairfield County, the Fairfield County Agricultural Society, and The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, June 30th, 2018 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 363035 N 4398417
Decimal Degrees39.72465000, -82.59811667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 43.479', W 82° 35.887'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 43' 28.74" N, 82° 35' 53.22" W
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Area Code(s)614, 740
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 159 E Fair Ave, Lancaster OH 43130, US
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