Camp McCoy: The Archaeology of Enlisted Men Before the Great War, ca. 1905-1910

Author(s): Ryan J. Howell

Year: 2018

Summary

Test excavations conducted within modern-day Fort McCoy (US Army Installation, Wisconsin) revealed portions of historic Camp McCoy/Camp Emory Upton, two seasonal Army manuever camps occupied sporadically from 1905-1910.  Discovery of what appears to be a Company size bakery, butcher yard and supply station area, along with a period midden allows for a detailed archaeological understanding of the lives, equipment and diet of enlisted soldiers in the early "territorial" U.S Army. This site is especially important as it offers a rare glimpse into the physical footprint of the Army at the stage of its first 20th century period of development and transformation into the "professional" force that fought in WWI, a poorly understood and poorly documented historic process. 

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Camp McCoy: The Archaeology of Enlisted Men Before the Great War, ca. 1905-1910. Ryan J. Howell. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441903)

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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 747