1 Reply Latest reply on Feb 22, 2019 10:52 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking longitude/latitude for Camp Joseph E. Johnston


      How do I find longitude and latitude on Camp Joseph E. Johnston (Texas) on the North Concho in 1852? Dr. Ebenezer Swift would have recorded it.



        • Re: Seeking longitude/latitude for Camp Joseph E. Johnston
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Ms. Doss,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

          We searched online and all the secondary sources we could find on Camp Joseph E. Johnston do not give that information. Some state that the precise location is not known. The following are some of the secondary sources we located:



          Texas:  A Historical Atlas
          Fort Concho and the Texas Frontier


          Geology and Politics in Frontier Texas, 1845–1909 does reference a report by Assistant Surgeon Ebenezer Swift entitled “Medical Topography and Diseases of Camp J.E. Johnston” in Statistical Report on Sickness and Mortality of the United States Compiled from Records of the Surgeon General’s Office Embracing a Period of 16 Years from January, 1839 - January 1955, 34th Cong. 1st. Sess., Sen. Exec. Doc. 96 [1856].


          The National Archives in Washington D.C. might have a copy of this report, as well as other military records concerning Camp Joseph E. Johnston. We recommend you email National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via their email address archives1reference@nara.govYou can also contact National Archives at College Park - Cartographic (RDSC) via carto@nara.gov to ask if they have any maps showing the location of the camp.


          We also found an article from the West Texas Historical Association about Dr. Ebenezer Swift that briefly mentions his experiences at Camp Johnston.  It cites “Letters of General Ebenezer Swift, Medical Corps, United States Army, 1849- 1852.” however it does not indicate where these letters can be found.  We would recommend contacting the West Texas Historical Association to ask if they can provide additional information about the sources used for their article. 

          One other option would be to contact the Texas State Library and Archives as they might have period maps or other sources.

          We hope that this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!

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