Camp Dennison, located 17 miles from Cincinnati, Ohio, was a military recruiting and training facility for the United States Army during the American Civil War located near the Ohio and Little Miami Rivers and the Little Miami Railroad.
The rivers and railroad provided quick transportation from various parts of Ohio and surrounding states, and the soldiers at the camp also provided protection for Cincinnati’s important manufacturing, and during Morgan’s Raid in 1863, troops from Camp Dennison defended the city and Ohio border.
The 700 acres of land was rented for $12 to $20 per acre per month. More than 50,000 Union soldiers were mustered in or out of service at Camp Dennison, with as many as 12,000 occupied the camp at any one time. In 1862, after the Battle of Shiloh, a 200 bed hospital was built in the camp. When the Civil War ended, the camp was closed and abandoned. Much of the lumber and materials was used later to build homes and barns the nearby community came from the abandoned army camp.
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