|Birth: ||Apr. 21, 1867|
|Death: ||Aug. 3, 1925|
Walter Mason Camp was born in Camptown, Pa., in 1867 to Treat Bosworth Camp and Hannah A. Brown. At the age of 16 years old he began working for the Lehigh Valley Railroad in what would become a 42 year carrer in railroading. In the years that followed Camp worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad, Rainier Ave. Electric Railway, and the Seattle Lake Shore and Eastern Railway. In 1897 Camp became editor of the "Railway Review" where he worked for the next 25 years. In 1898 he married Emmaline L.F. Sayles. Camp's 2 volume set entitled "Notes on Tracks" was standard college text for a number of years.
"The Grandfather of Custer Researchers." At some point in his life Camp became interested in the Custer fight which became a full time passion. Railroad pass in hand Camp made numerous trips to South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana to interview Indian and soldier participants of the battle and began taking notes. Camp once made a two day wagon trip to interview an old Indian who had participated in the battle. He made numerous trips to the Custer Battlefield with veterans of the battle both Indian and soldiers. These "Camp notes," as they are often referred to, have become the standard research tool for Little Big Horn historians and researchers. Camp was also responsible for rediscovering a number of Indian War sites including the Wagon Box Fight in Wyoming.
Camp died suddenly at St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee, Ill., at the age of 58 years of age. His obituary in the "Railway Review" stated that he was " a truly democratic man, caring nothing for the frills and fripperies of life; careless in dress, but with a friendly smile and a warm grasp of the hand for all with whom he came in contact; a real man and a real American."
Walter Camp's collection of notes today reside in the libraries of BYU, Indiana University, Denver Public Library, The William Carey Brown Papers located in the Norlin Library , University of Colorado and several private collections. Published works include "Custer & Company: Walter Camp's Notes On The Custer Fight" edited by Liddic & Harbaugh and "Custer in 76" edited by Ken Hammer among others. The May 1995 edition of "Greasy Grass" magazine, published by the Custer Battlefield Historical and Museum Association, features an excellent article on Camp written by editor Sandy Barnard.
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Record added: Aug 03, 2009
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