Camp Tuttle (1862-1862) - A U.S. Civil War Camp established in 1862 near Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa. Named Camp Tuttle in Iowa GO 89, 25 Aug 1862, after Union Brigadier General James M. Tuttle. Abandoned as a military camp later in 1862. Also known as Camp Samuel A. Rice and used in later years (1886) as a National Guard Camp.
A temporary U.S. Civil War recruiting and assembly post established in Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa. Served as a rendezvous camp for the 33rd Infantry Regiment, consisting of ten companies with four companies from Mahaska County, and three each from Keokuk and Marion counties all in Iowa. The 33rd was organized in response to President Lincoln's call for 300,000 volunteers issued on 2 Jul 1862.
The 33rd was mustered into the service of the United States on 1 Oct 1862 at Camp Tuttle. After organization training the regiment departed on 20 Nov 1862 for Scofield Barracks in St. Louis to guard Confederate prisoners kept there. The regiment then saw three years of service with heavy casualties in many campaigns. The men of the 33rd were mustered out of the service on 10 Aug 1865 at Davenport, Iowa.
A bronze plaque on a large boulder with a flag pole memorializes the camp and the 33rd Iowa regiment on the Southern Iowa Fairgrounds at the corner of North I Street and G Ave. West. No other visible remains.
Visited: 8 Aug 2020