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    The Civil War featured many dazzling innovations: ironclads, hot-air balloons, the Gatling gun. But if armored warships and more powerful guns pointed to the future of warfare, another innovation, hailed at the time as a forerunner of combat to come, certainly did not: the United States Army’s Camel Corps.

    In 1836 an army officer from Georgia, George Crosman, first touted the idea of importing camels to America. The animals were perfect for making the long, grueling treks then being mapped out across the country. Still, not much came of the idea until about 15 years later when, thanks to some publicists like the well-known diplomat and writer George Perkins Marsh, the “Camel Transportation Company” was formed to operate a camel express between Texas and California and down to Panama, later to be called the “Dromedary Line.” It wasn’t alone: there was also an American Camel Company.

    http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com...e-camel-corps/
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    Quote Originally Posted by KB View Post
    The Civil War featured many dazzling innovations: ironclads, hot-air balloons, the Gatling gun. But if armored warships and more powerful guns pointed to the future of warfare, another innovation, hailed at the time as a forerunner of combat to come, certainly did not: the United States Army’s Camel Corps.

    In 1836 an army officer from Georgia, George Crosman, first touted the idea of importing camels to America. The animals were perfect for making the long, grueling treks then being mapped out across the country. Still, not much came of the idea until about 15 years later when, thanks to some publicists like the well-known diplomat and writer George Perkins Marsh, the “Camel Transportation Company” was formed to operate a camel express between Texas and California and down to Panama, later to be called the “Dromedary Line.” It wasn’t alone: there was also an American Camel Company.

    http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums...61#post6508961
    Did you mean to link something else?

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    I'm assuming you meant to post this link:

    http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com...e-camel-corps/

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    Quote Originally Posted by kutter View Post
    I'm assuming you meant to post this link:

    http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com...e-camel-corps/
    Correct...thanks for the fix!

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    http://seducedbyhistory.blogspot.com...southwest.html

    Do camels still exist in the US desert ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laptop Hobo View Post
    http://seducedbyhistory.blogspot.com...southwest.html

    Do camels still exist in the US desert ?
    I don't think so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laptop Hobo View Post
    http://seducedbyhistory.blogspot.com...southwest.html

    Do camels still exist in the US desert ?
    Actually, the camels cross bred with Texas jackrabbits and we now have a few Jack Camels seen occasionally around the area of Marfa, Texas in the more arid parts of texas. They look much like a camel, but have longer ears.

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    In 1975 there was camels yet in the 'Tropas Nůmadas' (Spanish Army in the Western Sahara).


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    I've heard hearsay that every once in a while someone spots some camels out in the Southwest deserts. Wouldn't surprise me.

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