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Camp Merritt
(San Francisco County)
 
 
Named after Major General Wesley Merritt. This camp and the Presidio were a staging area for the Phillipine Islands Campaign and was the assemby camp for the 8th Corps. The camp was former "trotting" race track (called the Concourse) south of Presidio and North of Golden Gate Park. It was located just south of the Arguello Boulevard Gate at the southeast corner of the Presidio according to the National Park Service Brochure and described as the "Bay District" in a newspaper article. The 1st Nebraska Volunteer Infantry arrived there on May 19-20, 1898. Eighteen thousand men were encamped in Camp Merritt, occupying it only until the fleet upon which they embarked was assembled and fitted for their reception. There was considerable sickness, especially measles. Some cases typhoid fever also appeared
 


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