Camp Alger

Camp Alger (HMGIN)

Location: Dunn Loring, VA 22027 Fairfax County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 53.502', W 77° 13.35'

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In May 1898 the Spanish-American War came to Northern Virginia with the establishment of Camp Russell A. Alger (below). The 1,400-acre camp, south of where you are now located, encompassed the fields and forests of the former Woodburn Manor farm.

Some 23,000 soldiers from 16 states were trained here, but most would never see combat. In December the United States signed a peace treaty with Spain, and the war was over.

Pvt. George B. Thayer of the First Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, Company K, wrote home from Camp Alger in July 1898:

As we are camped on a treeless, thirty acre lot, covered with weeds and corn stubble and two inches of fine dust, you can better imagine how utterly useless it is for us to keep clean.... Everyone comes back from drills covered with sweat and dust, mixed together.... I like this camp, for it is comparatively free of bad rum and mean women....I also like the rough experience here, for it is the nearest to the real thing we have seen.
Series This marker is part of the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad series
Placed ByThe Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park - Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 1:35pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 307246 N 4307106
Decimal Degrees38.89170000, -77.22250000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.502', W 77° 13.35'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 30.12" N, 77° 13' 21.00" W
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Area Code(s)703, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1444 Washington and Old Dominion Trail, Dunn Loring VA 22027, US
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