Trip Planner:   USA  /  Texas  /  Tyler  /  Historic Sites  /  Camp Ford

Camp Ford, Tyler

(3.1/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web)
Camp Ford was a prisoner of war camp near Tyler, Texas, during the American Civil War. It was the largest Confederate-run prison west of the Mississippi River.Established in the spring of 1862 as a training camp for new Confederate recruits, the camp was named for Col. John Salmon Ford, a Texas Ranger and the Superintendent of Conscripts for the State of Texas. The first Union prisoners to arrive at camp Ford in August 1863 included officers captured in Brashear City Louisiana in June, and included naval personnel captured when the 'Queen Of The West' and the 'Diana' were seized by the Union Navy. The captives were initially held in the open, but a panic ensued in November 1863 when 800 new prisoners threatened a mass breakout. A military stockade enclosing 4acre was soon erected.With over 2,000 new prisoners taken in Louisiana on April 8 and 9 1864, at the battles of Mansfield, and Pleasant Hill, the stockade was quadrupled in size. With more prisoners captured in Arkansas, the prison's population peaked at about 5,000 in July 1864. The population was reduced by exchanges in July and October 1864, and again in February 1865. The last 1,761 prisoners were exchanged on May 22, 1865. Summary Executions of Local Citizens, Recounted by 49th Ohio prisoners at Camp Ford: From "Twenty Months in the Dept of the Gulf", A.G.H. DuGanne "Among the last-mentioned local events, however, was the "Match Plot," which deserves a paragraph".
Make Camp Ford a centerpiece of your Tyler vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Tyler tourist route planner.
Source
Create a full Tyler itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Tyler

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Tyler by other users

1 day in Tyler BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, relaxing, popular PREFERENCES: April, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Tyler BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Tyler BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Tyler & Branson BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, relaxing, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: April, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 6 days in Tyler & Branson BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, relaxing, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: April, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 8 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Tyler BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in Tyler BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, kids, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, kids, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in Tyler BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, teens, kids, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: March, teens, kids, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Orlando, Panama City Beach & Tyler BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • The pathways have degraded and the cabin torn down. No restrooms available. The woods are nice and there are random historical signs with nothing to see. Go for a nice walk but sad that Tyler doesn't ...  more »
  • The trails were unclear and unkept. Weren't sure where the trail ended and was sure we read there was a museum, but never found one. It's a piece of American history that was very interesting, but har...  more »
  • Great place for a 20+ minute history stop. Some recreated structures, some sketches of the original layout.  more »
Google
  • Location is hard to see from a vehicle but it's a nice walk roundabout. Parking at front & quiet place to check out some history in the process.
  • Quiet park atmosphere. We have been stopping here for years and the kids loved exploring when they were young.
  • I went during the living history event, which was great! I'm sure it's less exciting when people aren't there dressed up but it's still a neat place to go learn about history!
  • So much history!
  • Literally just drove by it on Christmas Eve. When it warms up I'd like to explore it with my grandson.