Camp Wikoff

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Camp Wikoff (1898-1898) - A Spanish American War Camp first established in 1898 on Montauk Point, Suffolk County, New York. Established as an isolation camp for returning soldiers from service in Cuba and Puerto Rico during the Spanish American War. Named Camp Wikoff by G.O. 120, 15 Aug 1898, after Colonel Charles A. Wikoff, 22nd U.S. Infantry, who was killed during the Spanish American War in the assaults on San Juan Heights, Cuba. Camp abandoned in 1898.

History of Camp Wikoff

Established in August 1898 as an isolation camp for returning soldiers from service in Cuba and Puerto Rico during the Spanish American War. Troops returning from overseas began to arrive on 14 Aug 1898 to a camp that was not complete and could not provide basic services or proper medical care for the wounded and sick. The Camp struggled to catch up with the ever increasing numbers of sick troops, some 10,000 troops were treated in thirty days and the camp contained over 21,000 troops at one time. Conditions were bad and at one point President William McKinley and Secretary of War Alger visited the camp to show support. Troops were processed out as soon as possible and the last unit left the camp 28 Oct 1898 and the camp was abandoned.


Camp Wikoff Commanders List (edit list)
Assumed Relieved Rank Name Cullum Notes
1898-08 1898-08-15 Brig. Gen. Young, Samuel B. M. N/A
1898-08-15 1898-09 Maj. Gen. Wheeler, Joseph 1843
1898-09 1898-10 Maj. Gen. Shafter, William R. N/A
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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

Part of Montauk County Park, Montauk Point, Suffolk County, New York.


Location: Montauk Point, Suffolk County, New York.

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Lat: 41.0552786 Long: -71.9001532

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