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The Last Prison: The Untold Story of Camp Groce CSA
During the Civil War, a prisoner of war camp was operated near the town of Hempstead, Texas. Called Camp Groce, over 1,100 Union prisoners of war were held there and over 200 died. Camp Groce wasalso used as a camp of instruction for Confederate recruits and was also where the last stand of the Confederacy was to have been held by order of Jefferson Davis.
Immediately after the surrender of the Trans-mississippi, the state was occupied by federal troops. Two divisions of Union cavalry entered the state. One division was commanded by Major General George Armstrong Custer. Custer's division was stationed at Liendo Plantation near Camp Groce.
This page is for perpetual written accounts of historical events that have occurred in the city. Anyone who feels they have pertinent information may submit it. This includes all people in or out of Hempstead and could involve any interested adults or children with events or items that are of interest. Items may be submitted for publication on this page where they will remain as part of a historical archive for the city. Items of interest may include noteworthy events, special events of historical importance, information about area growth that pertains to the history of the city, and other pertinent notes. We hope to establish a large data base of information about the history of each city. Historical Societies are encouraged to open their own page on Key to the City for more extensive historical information.
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