Camp Stanton

Camp Stanton (HMA7T)

Location: Benedict, MD 20612 Charles County
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N 38° 30.263', W 76° 40.907'

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Training Post for USCT

Nearby stood Camp Stanton, a Civil War-era recruiting and training post for African American Union soldiers. Named for Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, the camp was established in August 1863. Although black soldiers had served in the nation's armed forces since the Revolutionary War, they were barred from the U.S. Army during theCivil War until President AbrahamLincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. The 7th Regiment, United States Colored Troops (USCT), organized in Baltimore, trained here. The9th, 19th, and 30th Regiments were organized and trained at Camp Stanton. All of the units saw hard combat in Virginia during the last campaigns of the war.

Slightly down river from here stood The Plains, a plantation owned by Col. John H. Sothoron, one of the wealthiest men in Southern Maryland and an ardent secessionist. On October 20, 1863, U.S. Army Lt. Eben White arrived there on a mission to recruit black soldiers. White was accompanied by two USCTs, inflaming Sothoron and one of his sons home on leavefrom the Confederate army. A scuffle ensued, White was killed, andSothoron fled to Virginia. Sothoron's wife and children vacated their home until after the war, while The Plains housed former slaves from Virginia's Northern Neck. In November 1868, a St. Mary's Countyjury acquitted Sothoron in White's death. Sothoron filed a $98,638 claim against the U.S. government for "losses and damages sustained at The Plains." The claim was rejected in 1875.
HM NumberHMA7T
Series This marker is part of the Maryland Civil War Trails series
Placed ByMaryland Civil War Trails
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Date Added Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 6:30am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 353356 N 4263119
Decimal Degrees38.50438333, -76.68178333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 30.263', W 76° 40.907'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 30' 15.78" N, 76° 40' 54.42" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 19305 Wilmott Dr, Benedict MD 20612, US
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