Benton Barracks

1861 - 1865

Located on the northside of St. Louis, Benton Barracks was one of the most important Union Army training camps in Missouri during the Civil War. The 150-acre complex was established in 1861 and contained barracks, warehouses, and numerous other buildings. Several Missouri Union regiments were organized there, including some of the state’s African-American units. Soon after the war, the camp was closed, and nothing remains of the wartime home of thousands of Federal soldiers. 

Pictured in this photograph is the 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry. The regiment was organized at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from December 30, 1861 through March 10, 1862, and mustered into service under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas H. Dale. The regiment was attached to the Army of the Frontier. During the Civil War, the 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry participated in the sieges of Vicksburg and Jackson, Mississippi. The regiment was mustered out of federal service at Austin, Texas, on November 15, 1865, and disbanded on December 14, 1865, at Madison, Wisconsin.

Object Details

Categories: War & Conflict

Date: 1861 - 1865

Contributing Institution: Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield

Accession Number: WICR 30837

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County: St. Louis

Region: St. Louis Metro

Type: Photograph

Latitude: 38.664904973975474

Longitude: -90.22140034711992