Camp Scurry

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Camp Scurry (1916-1919) - A U.S. Army World War I National Guard Mobilization and Training Camp first established in 1916 in Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas. Initially called Camp Alta Vista, it was almost immediately renamed Camp Scurry after Gen. Thomas Scurry, former commander of the Texas Brigade. The post was abandoned in 1919.

Camp History

In connection with the Mexican Punitive Expedition of 1916, President Wilson had ordered Texas National Guard units to the Mexican border, but with the calming of tensions there, the Second and Third Infantry Regiments of the Guard were ordered to move some distance back from the border, to Corpus Christi, along with the headquarters of the Sixth ("Texas") Brigade. The city of Corpus Christi prepared a 200-acre site at its own expense: an area bounded by Buford, Santa Fe, Louisiana and Ocean Drive. In a single week, the camp sprang up, with shell roads, screened tents, wooden mess halls, and full utilities, and was ready to accommodate 3500 soldiers.

The first arrival was the 3d Infantry on Sept. 7, 1916, followed the next day by the 2d Infantry. The camp was commanded by Brig. Gen. John Hulen. By March 1917 the border had been quiet for nearly a year, and the camp was ordered closed, the 2d and 3d Regiments were demobilized, and the camp was in the process of being dismantled when the United States entered World War I. The Camp was reactivated as a training base for the 4th Field Artillery Regiment and the 5th Engineer Battalion. It was closed in 1919.


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