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Enthusiasts MARK IN TEXAS HISTORY: Camp Ford

01:16  07 june  2020
01:16  07 june  2020 Source:   kfvs12.com

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Camp Ford was a POW camp near Tyler, Texas , during the American Civil War. It was the largest Confederate-run prison west of the Mississippi. Established in the spring of 1862 as a training camp for new Confederate recruits, the camp was named for Col.

History - Camp Ford . United States. Historical sites are always hard to rate. This one has little documented history it appears. Still it has signage to help you learn and has some references between documented sites and current sites to help get the lay of the land.

SMITH COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - Camp Ford is named in honor of Colonel John Ford, who originally established a training camp in 1862. It was converted to a prison camp in the summer of 1863.

a black sign with white text: Camp Ford © Provided by Tyler-Longview KLTV Camp Ford

Following a couple big Confederate battle victories in Louisiana and Arkansas, the camp was doubled to take on 4700 federals.

While living on Camp Ford, prisoners constructed their own shelters out of log huts, brush arbors and tents made of blankets.

a close up of a map: Camp Ford © Provided by Tyler-Longview KLTV Camp Ford

Prisoners did try to escape but were rarely successful due to the long distance to union lines and the difficulty in escaping tracking hounds.

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Camp Ford : Incredible piece of history - See 59 traveler reviews, 48 candid photos, and great deals for Tyler, TX, at TripAdvisor. The reviews described it as run down but we found a very well marked historical site that captured POW history we did not know about.

Camp Ford received the first official Texas historical marker in 1962! A Swimming Pool and Roller Rink at Camp Ford ?

In 1997, archaeologists set out to explore Camp Ford and uncovered the faint impressions of trenches, ditches and berms. What they learned allowed for the creation of an interpretive center and display for visitors.

Over recent years, the site has been used for Civil War reenactments.

Camp Ford © Provided by Tyler-Longview KLTV Camp Ford

The site is now a public park and owned by the county. There’s a kiosk with info graphics, a walking trail, picnic area and reconstruction of a cabin. It’s open daily from dusk until dawn and admission is free.

Camp Ford is located off Highway 271, just outside the Tyler loop.

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