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Camp Barrett
A temporary camp for a few months in 1898 for a 8th Regiment of California Volunteers, it was located at Fruitvale, now a part of the city of Oakland.
Named after the then California Adjutant General Andrew W. Barrett, 1845-1905, a Civil War veteran. Barrett resigned as Adjutant General on December 23, 1898.
Camp of the 8th Regiment of the California National Guard (8th California Volunteer Infantry), comprised of companies from Northern California, according to articles in the Oakland Enquirer newspaper. The 8th was called up in response to the second call for volunteers during the Spanish American War.
Established in late June 1898 and abandoned about September 14, 1898 when the last troops left for Vancouver Barracks. The companies of the 8th were assigned to army posts on the west coast, apparently to allow the regulars to be deployed overseas. The 8th was mustered out by February 6, 1899.
Located near Sather station according to newspaper articles, "Sather station, Cal." William Sturm, Librarian of the Oakland Library History Room, indicates Sather station was a Southern Pacific local railroad station located at present High Street and San Leandro Street in Oakland. "The camp proper is to the southeast of Merrill Avenue and the open space to the north will be the drill ground," according to the June 28, 1898 Oakland Enquirer.
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