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Camp Moore/ Confederate Museum and Cemetery - Tangipahoa, LA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member scrambler390
N 30° 53.120 W 090° 30.671
15R E 737917 N 3419547
Quick Description: Camp Moore was a Louisiana State Confederate training camp during the American Civil War. Located in the small town of Tangipahoa now a museum. Also features a small Confederate Cemetery.
Location: Louisiana, United States
Date Posted: 11/30/2009 6:21:28 PM
Waymark Code: WM7TCG
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
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Long Description:
Very nice visit. Large museum and a good self guided walking tour of the grounds. Features a Confederate cemetery, large Confederate Monument, the museum house and a small building, used in past by a local UDC Chapter for meetings. Every year, weekend before Thanksgiving, they hold a Reenactment of Civil War Battle. Really a nice place to visit.

From the National Park website, located here, a brief history states:

Camp Moore is of historical significance because it was the training camp for about 25,000 Louisiana soldiers before they entered combat for the Confederacy during the Civil War. In May 1861, the site for the camp was selected and the troops began to arrive. The new camp was named for Governor Thomas Overton Moore, and Confederate Brig. General E. L. Tracy was placed in charge of it. During the remainder of 1861, the 4th-13th and 16th-20th regiments, as well as a battalion of infantry, successively trained here. Each of these regiments was organized with about a 1000 men. Due to the policy of moving regiments to the front as soon as they were sworn in, there were probably never more than 5000 men at Camp Moore at any one time. The 5th-10th regiments were sent to bolster the Confederacy's armies in Virginia, where they formed part of two Louisiana brigades. The other regiments served in the Confederate Army of Tennessee against the Union armies. After the fall of New Orleans in April 1862, with Baton Rouge threatened by the Union Navy, Governor Moore made Camp Moore his headquarters during the second week in May 1862. At the end of July 1862, Confederate General John C. Breckenridge assembled about 5000 troops at Camp Moore. They marched to Baton Rouge and made an unsuccessful attempt to force the Federals out of the city on August 5, 1862. During the rest of the war, Camp Moore served as a base for small calvary units and as a training camp for some conscripts. Since the 1890s, local organizations including the Sons of the Confederate Veterans, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Children of the Confederacy have worked with the State Legislature to preserve and maintain the cemetery. As of the present, the state of Louisiana's Office of State Parks owns approximately seven acres, including the cemetery and the Camp Moore Confederate Museum.
Type of site: Cemetery

U.S. Highway 51
Tangipahoa , LA USA

Phone Number: 985-229-2438

Admission Charged: $5 or less

Website: [Web Link]

Driving Directions:
From I-55 take the Tangipahoa exit. Go east to U.S. Highway 51. Camp Moore is located on U.S. 51, 0.5 mile north of the village of Tangipahoa.

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