Bygones of Monroe:
Prospects of a Military Camp at Monroe
Brigadier General Williams, Adjutant General Robertson, and Col. Whittlesey, were in town yesterday, looking up a camping ground for all the Michigan troops. The grounds on each side of the street, on the north side of the river, below the residence of David Ebersol, were examined, and pronounced superior for the purpose. Grounds at Grosse Point, 12 miles above Detroit, on Lake St. Clair, were examined yesterday, and tomorrow the party will visit Port Huron to examine grounds in the locality.
This movement is made in compliance with an order from the General Government issued to each State, to get all troops preparing for service in one general camp, for drill and instruction, at some point accessible of communication.
There is a fair prospect that Monroe will be selected as the grounds here are superior, and there are other considerations favoring this place. A camp of 3,000 soldiers or upwards in close proximity to the city, would prove quite advantageous to the farming community round about, and also to tradesmen, as it would advance the price of provisions, increase all kinds of trade, and give new life to the city.
(Monroe Commercial, May 30, 1861, Page 3, Column 1)