Fort Meade (2)
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Fort Meade (2) (1917-Present) - First established in 1917 as Camp Meade and renamed Fort Leonard Wood (2) in 1928 and renamed Fort Meade (2) in 1929. Named after MG George G. Meade who commanded Union forces at Gettysburg during the U.S. Civil War. Active military installation. Also known as Fort George G. Meade.
Camp Meade was Authorized by an Act of Congress in May 1917, as one of 16 cantonments built to process World War I draftees. The site was selected 23 June 1917 and cost $18 million to construct. Over 400,000 troops passed through Camp Meade during the war. The post remount station processed over 22,000 horses and mules.
Fort Meade was a training center during World War II and more than 3 million men passed through the post between 1942 and 1946. Starting in 1943 the post housed a POW camp for German and Italian prisoners of war.
Active military installation. Houses National Security Agency and the Fort George Meade Museum.
Location: Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
Maps & Images Lat: 39.100293 Long: -76.740103
- 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 387
Visited: 30 Jul 2010
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