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Camp Greble: A Union encampment near Norfolk, Virginia

Camp Greble

Camp Greble, a Union encampment near Norfolk, Virginia (Map F234 N8 1862:1)

Tucked away in the Virginia Historical Society’s map collection is this little gem:
a map of Camp Greble, a Union encampment near Norfolk, Virginia (Map F234 N8 1862:1). This poignant, detailed plan was drafted in February 1862 by Private Frank Maynicke of the 99th New York State Volunteers.

Camp architecture was comprised of several different styles. Officers slept in walled tents while the enlisted men slept in bell-shaped Sibley tents. The cookhouses were seemly, more solidly wood-frame and wood-sided constructions. The soldiers of Camp Greble took advantage of their site along the river by placing their water closet on a platform extending over the water.

Key to buildings in this detail: 2. Sutler and gunmaker 3. Photography shop 4. Mule stalls 5. Feed store 6. House for knapsacks 7. Barbershop 8. Tailorshop 22. Well 24. Bowling Ally

This camp was a self-sufficient village with its own sutler and gunmaker, photograph shop, barbershop, and tailor. Of the twenty-four structures listed in the legend, I would be remiss not to include the “House for Knapsacks,” the “Doctor’s Tent for to look at the sick,” and the “Bowling Ally.”

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jake permalink
    03/04/2011 3:47 pm

    Hello – I was wondering about the definition of the word “sutter” that appears on the map and your description above. I can’t seem to find what exactly this means. I am familiar with the word “Sutler” as it would appear within an encampment but the word above on the map is new to me. Thank you for your help!


  2. Lawrence McCauley permalink
    08/29/2015 6:46 pm

    Is there any reference to where the Camp was located. I ask because I am with a reenactment group here in Tidewater that is the 99th New York Volunter Infantry Company D


    • 09/17/2015 4:14 pm

      Unfortunately, the precise location of Camp Greble is not mentioned in any source here at the Virginia Historical Society. That is not unusual when it comes to trying to locate specific garrisons of Union or Confederate troops.


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