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Scott County: Davenport
GPS Coordinates: 41.547066 by -90.552166
Annie Wittenmyer/Camp Roberts/Camp Kinsman Markers
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There are markers on this site locating a Civil War camp and, later, an orphanage founded by Annie Wittenmyer. General Benjamin Roberts established the camp which was later renamed in honor of Colonel William Kinsman of the Iowa 23rd Infantry Regiment who died as a result of wounds at the Battle of Big Black River Bridge on May 16, 1863.
Annie Wittenmyer of Keokuk, Iowa was best known for founding the diet kitchens for hospitals during the Civil War. General Grant said, "No soldier on the front line gave more heroic service than she rendered." After the war, she founded several orphanages in Iowa for children of fallen soldiers including this one in Davenport. She later was a founder and served as the first president of the Women's Temperance Union.
It is believed that the buildings standing today were constructed after the war. Today it is a home for children who have had trouble with the law. It is directly across from Oakdale Memorial Gardens. The markers are on the lawn in front of the Administration Building. The original Camp Roberts Marker, erected in 1929, had deteriorated and a second one was dedicated in 1996.
Thank you to John Sachs for notifying me of this historical location. From Locust Street, take Eastern Avenue north to the Annie Wittenmyer Home. Photos taken 3/6/09 and 9/28/12.