United States Camel Corps

The United States Camel Corps was a mid-19th-century experiment by the United States Army in using camels as pack animals in the Southwestern United States. Although the camels proved to be hardy and well suited to travel through the region, the Army declined to adopt them for military use. The Civil War interfered with the experiment, which was eventually abandoned; the animals were sold at auction.

United States Camel Corps
Active1856–1866
CountryUnited States
BranchU.S. Army
TypeQuartermaster
RoleExperimental
PostCamp Verde, Texas
Commanders
First commanderMajor Henry C. Wayne

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