|1052 N. Banning Blvd.|
Los Angeles County
Postal Code: 90744
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
The Drum Barracks Civil War Museum is housed in the former army post's last remaining wooden structure. The post was named after Lt. Col. Richard Coulter Drum, then the Assistant Adjutant General, Department of the Pacific, when it was established January 13, 1862. Camp Drum was re-designated Drum Barracks by General Order No. 10, dated November 25, 1863. Drum Barracks served as Headquarters for the United States Army in the Southwest (then comprising Southern California and Arizona Territory) from 1862 until 1871. It was the main staging, training and supply base for military operations in the Southwest, and occupied approximately 60 acres of land with an additional 37 acres near the harbor. The land was sold to the U.S. Army by Phineas Banning and Benjamin Davis Wilson, who each received $1.00, with the agreement that the land would revert back to them after the camp was closed. The cemetery for Drum Barracks initially consisted of two separate plots; one for commissioned officers and one for enlisted soldiers. Both plots were located on land that now lies just northwest of the corner of East Denni Street and McFarland Avenue (see location link above). The known burials for both plots are included here. In 1887 members of Compton's Shiloh Post, No. 60, Grand Army of the Republic, organized the reinterment of the remains of 17 unidentified Union soldiers from what had been the old Drum Barracks Cemetery to Woodlawn Cemetery.
For additional information, see "Two Cemeteries Hold Bodies of Soldiers," Wilmington Daily Press, souvenir number, September 22, 1933, p. 3. (This article can found in Edwin H. Carpenter's Early Cemeteries of the City of Los Angeles [Los Angeles: Dawson's Book Shop, 1973], p. 49n99).