Camp U.S. Grant The 19th Annual Encampment G.A.R. Portland Me. June 1885
Geo. H. Walker & Co.
22.9 x 50.8 cm
Maine Historic Preservation Commission
Description of City/Town
Along the elevated slope on the eastern side of the Eastern Promenade for the distance of a mile more than two thousand tents were pitched. Nearly one hundred tons of straw were provided for the tents. Water was introduced by means of iron pipes connected with Sebago water. On the west side of the boulevard the large spaces of open ground were reserved for the use of Headquarters tents and numerous restaurants, some of which were of mammoth dimensions. Twenty-five powerful electric lights were placed along the promenade, affording ample lamination for the entire encampment. Over the entrance at Congress Street a grand arch was erected and bore the inscription “Camp U.S. Grant.”
Nineteenth Annual National Encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic Held at Portland, Maine, June 1885, Augustus Hamlin, Augusta, 1886.
Historic Newspaper References
Lincoln County News, April 2, 1886
The printing of Dr. Hamlin’s history of last summer’s Grand Army Encampment at Portland will be begun this week at the publishing house of Charles F. Nash of Augusta. It is intended to illustrate the volume with portraits of Grant, McClellan, Hancock and other military celebrities and also with handsome lithographs of the camp on Munjoy Hill. One thousand copies have been contracted for.
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