Camp Felder - CSA LbNA # 57122
|Placed Date||Mar 4 2011|
|Location||Brazos River bridge, Chappell Hill, TX|
Distance: drive by
***** Part of the Other Forts of Texas Series *****
Camp Felder, a Confederate camp for Union prisoners, was located near Chappell Hill in Washington County. It was named for Gabriel Felder, owner of the Brazos River bottomland where the camp was set up. Previously the site had been a Methodist campground. In September 1864 Union prisoners of war who had been transferred from Camp Groce to a camp in the Bellville vicinity were moved to Camp Felder to avoid a fever epidemic. Col. Clayton C. Gillespie was commander. The camp was on low ground at the foot of the hill; a Confederate cavalry guard and its horses stayed in sheds on the hill above. Apparently prisoners suffered a high mortality rate at Camp Felder and were returned to Camp Groce. (Handbook of Texas online).
From Hempstead, go west on Hwy 290. Just after crossing the brazos river turn left at turnaround lane, and u-turn back on to 290 east. Take first exit to go under 290 bridge that will cross the Brazos River again. Go under the bridges to the 2nd bridge and park underneath.
To the Letterbox:
Walk up the slope of the bridge base to the base of the 3rd cement I-beam's left side. Box is at right base of that beam, where it connects to the platform, covered with rocks. RECOVER WELL!!!