Camp Yerba Buena Island

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Camp Yerba Buena Island (1868-1880) - A U.S. Army Camp first established in 1868 on Yerba Buena Island, San Francisco County, California. Turned over to the U.S. Navy in 1880. Also known as Post at Goat Island, Post on Yerba Buena Island, U.S. Engineer Depot, Yerba Buena Island, and U.S. Quartermaster Depot, Yerba Buena Island.

History of Camp Yerba Buena Island

Established on Yerba Buena Island on 25 Mar 1868 by Captain Samuel M. Mansfield (Cullum 1972), Company D, Battalion of U.S. Engineers. Initially established to provide gun batteries in defense of the San Francisco Harbor but the batteries were never built.

An 1870 report indicates that the post was still unfinished but included two large barracks, three officer's quarters, a guard house and hospital. Company D, Battalion of U.S. Engineers was still at the post with an average strength of 116 men still engaged in the construction of the post.

The engineers departed in May 1871 and the post became U.S. Quartermaster Depot, Yerba Buena Island manned by elements of the 2nd U.S. Artillery. In May 1873 the military garrison was reduced to a small detachment and 13 civilians were hired. The small detachments continued to man the post until the last post return 11 July 1878.

Major Joseph Stewart (Cullum 1128), 4th U.S. Artillery, was confined to the limits of Yerba Buena Island by para IV, Special Order 71, HQ Military Divison of the Pacific, 14 Jun 1875, for a period of one year ending on 17 Jun 1876. Major Stewart remained at the post in casual status (not in command although very senior to the commander) until 9 Oct 1876. During some of this time the post commander was 1st Lt. William F. Stewart Major Stewart's son.

Camp Yerba Buena Island Partial Commanders List (edit list)
Assumed Relieved Rank Name Cullum Notes
1868-03-25 1871-04 Captain Mansfield, Samuel M. 1972 Company D, Battalion of U.S. Engineers
1871-06-03 1872-07-12 Major Sawtelle, Charles G. 1668 Quartermaster
1872-08 1872-10-25 Major Tidball, John C. 1379 2nd U.S. Artillery
1872-12-06 1873-03-06 1st Lt.
Bvt Capt.
Howe, Albion N/A 4th U.S. Artillery
Scalped & killed 26 Apr 1873 Modoc War
1873-03-19 1873-09-30 Captain Martin, William P. N/A
1873-10-13 1874-08 Ord. Sgt. Cryderman, Joseph N/A
1874-11-16 1876-04-20 1st Lt. Everett, William 2237 4th U.S. Artillery
1876-04-20 1877-02-27 1st Lt. Stewart, William F. N/A 4th U.S. Artillery
1877-04-01 1877-07-16 2nd Lt. Jones, James M. 2566 4th U.S. Artillery
1877-07-16 1878-09-18 Captain Lafferty, John N/A 8th U.S. Cavalry
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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.

The post was turned over to the U.S. Navy in 1880.

Current Status

Now houses a U.S. Coast Guard Station and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge passes over the old post.

Location: On Yerba Buena Island, San Francisco County, California.

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Lat: 37.8136491 Long: -122.3613024

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  • Elevation: 35-75'



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