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Camp Stanislaus
(Miller's Camp)

The two summer encampments, Camp Stanislaus and Camp Frederica, both established by Major Albert S. Miller, 2nd Infantry, and located on the Stanislaus River, were confused by local historians, who have generally consolidated them as Miller's Camp. Camp Stanislaus (1849) was located at or near Taylor's Ferry [1] (present day Oakdale) and on the river's north bank; Camp Frederica was established about a year later but not on the same site.
 
Footnote
 
[1] According to Mr. Glenn Burghardt, Director of the Oakdale Museum, Captain Nelson Taylor, recently mustered out of Stevenson's Regiment established his ferry at a location less than a mile upriver (east) of present day Oakdale. It changed owners many times after Taylor owned it and eventually was moved downstream (west) a short distance and became the site of Oakdale's founding in 1871. Nelson Taylor removed to San Joaquin county where he became Sheriff and eventually a member of California's first Legislature. He returned east and in 1861 joined the U.S. forces in the civil war as a colonel. He advanced to Brigadier General and fought at the Battle of Fredericksburg where he replaced General Gibbons in the field as Division Commander.

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