Dedication of a|
State Historical Marker
Commemorating the location of
"...as between the institution of slavery and the maintenance of the Federal Government. Michigan does not hesitate to say, that in such exigency, slavery should be swept from the land and our country maintained."
Joint Resolution of the Michigan Legislature,|
January 18, 1862
|The State of Michigan Historical Marker
is placed at about the location of the main gate to the camp and is
1214 Wildwood Avenue
In February, 1864, local Jackson, Michigan newspapers began to announce the beginning of construction of buildings for a new draft rendezvous encampment of Civil War soldiers from Michigan. The camp, soon named Camp Blair, would remain in service for the duration of the War. From 1864 and into 1866, the camp served as one of the locations for the pay-out and discharge of returning Michigan soldiers.
In July of 1865 General George W. Lee of the Union Quartermaster's office in Detroit, corresponded with Bvt. Maj. General Montgomery Meigs in Washington D.C.; transmitting to him a "plan" (drawing) of the buildings at Camp Blair.
"I have the honor to transmit herewith a plan of the Government buildings at Jackson, Michigan, known as "Camp Blair", and here-to-for used for the purpose of a General Draft Rendezvous. The buildings consist of a barracks, guardhouse, hospital, officers quarters and commissary and quartermaster offices. They are all built in the cheapest possible manner of rough undressed lumber, with the exception of the hospital, the floors of which are dressed and matched boards, and the walls plastered, this being the most economical way of securing the comfort of the patients. This building has capacity for about one hundred beds.
The buildings are erected upon a tract of land containing about twenty acres, ten of which are enclosed with an upright board fence, nine feel high, & whitewashed.
The tract of land is rented from Mr. Daniel B. Hibbard of Jackson; the right to relinquish the lease any time the government may determine, being reserved. I also transmit, herewith, photographs of the barracks and hospital."
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