Paradis Provides Background on Establishment of Camp William Penn
September 17, 2013
On Sept. 12, Dr. James M. Paradis, adjunct professor of history, gave a talk on “Camp William Penn and Its Influence on the Civil War” at the Old Baldy Civil War Round Table in Blackwood, N.J.
Dr. Paradis spoke on the historical background that led to the establishment of Camp William Penn in the summer of 1863 in Chelten Hills, PA, which became the largest site for the training of United States Colored Troops (U.S.C.T.) in the North. He outlined the history of the camp itself, highlighted some of the more dramatic events that occurred there, and further illustrated some of the important actions and impact thereof attributed to U.S.C.T. regiments who trained there between 1863 and 1865.