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Fort Belvoir (1917-Present) - First authorized in 1917 as Camp Humphries and renamed Fort Humphries in 1922. Named after General Andrew A. Humphries, distinguished U.S. Civil War veteran. Renamed Fort Belvoir in G.O. 1, 14 Feb 1935. Active military installation.
Fort Belvoir History
In 1910 the U.S. Government purchased the 2,500 acre estate of Colonel William Fairfax on the Potomac River. In 1912 the War Department acquired the property.
World War I (1917-1918)
The War Department authorized the building of a camp on the property 23 Dec 1917 and construction began in January 1918. In May 1918 the post was designated an engineering training and replacement center. At the end of the war, the post was designated as a demobilization center on 3 Dec 1918 but was also made a permanent installation.
World War II (1941-1945)
Active military installation.
Location: Fairfax County, Virginia.
Maps & Images Lat: 38.7083526 Long: -77.1463609
- Roberts, Robert B., Encyclopedia of Historic Forts: The Military, Pioneer, and Trading Posts of the United States, Macmillan, New York, 1988, 10th printing, ISBN 0-02-926880-X, page 803
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