Camp Wheeler (3)

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Camp Wheeler (3) (1864-1899) - Initially established as the Post at Huntsville in January 1864 in Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama. In December 1873 the name was changed to Thomas Barracks until the post was abandoned in September 1877. Reestablished as Camp Monte Sano 7 Jul 1888 and again abandoned 5 Dec 1888. Reestablished as a Spanish American War 4th Army Corps training camp in 1898. Named Camp Wheeler 15 Aug 1898 after Major General Joseph Wheeler (Cullum 1843), Confederate General during the U.S. Civil War. Renamed Camp Albert G. Forse 23 Oct 1898 for Major Albert G. Forse (Cullum 2074), 1st U.S. Cavalry, who was killed in action at San Juan Hill, 1 Jul 1898. Abandoned in 1899.

Spanish American War (1898-1898)

During the Spanish American War the post was reestablished as Camp Wheeler and later renamed Camp Albert G. Forse. The camp was an organizing and training post for the 4th Army Corps whose second commander was Major General Joseph Wheeler, the former Confederate General, who volunteered for service during the Spanish American War. The camp was originally named for General Wheeler who changed the name himself to Camp Albert G. Forse after a Major killed at San Juan Hill.

4th Army Corps Units at Camp Wheeler (31 Oct 1898)
1st Division 2nd Division 3rd Division
  • 1st Brigade
  • 2nd Brigade
  • 3rd Brigade


Camp Wheeler (3) Commanders List (edit list)
Assumed Relieved Rank Name Cullum Notes
1898-08 1898-10-13 Maj. Gen. Coppinger, John J. N/A U.S.V.
1898-10-13 1898-12-03 Maj. Gen. Wheeler, Joseph 1843 U.S.V.
1898-12-14 1898-12-20 Brig. Gen. Arnold, A. K. 1845 U.S.V.
1898-12-20 1898-12-29 Maj. Gen. Lawton, Henry W. N/A U.S.V.
1898-12-29 1899-01-16 Brig. Gen. Frank, Royal T. 1815 U.S.V.
Dates are formatted in yyyy-mm-dd to sort correctly.
The Cullum Number is the graduation order from the United States Military Academy by year and class rank and links to a page for the officer on the website version of the Cullum Register. Listings without a Cullum Number indicate that the person was not a graduate of the United States Military Academy.

Current Status

No remains, Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama.


Location: Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama. Map point is the Steele-Fowler House, General Coppinger’s headquarters.

Maps & Images

Lat: 34.744444 Long: -86.564444

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