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Department of Nebraska

Harrison Camp No. 53-2

Wisner, Nebraska

(Northeast Nebraska)

Norm Weber, Camp Commander


Camp is named after the 23rd President, Benjamin Harrison

In July 1862, at the request of Governor Oliver P. Morton, Harrison raised the 70th Indiana Regiment, drilled the recruits in tactics, and emerged as a strict disciplinarian. His men called him "Little Ben" because he was only 5 feet 6 inches tall. Under his colonelcy, the 70th achieved fame on the eve of the Atlanta campaign. At Resaca, Golgotha, and New Hope Church, Harrison served gallantly. For heroism at Peach Tree Creek, duly noted by Gen. Hooker, President Lincoln made Harrison a brigadier general. Later he fought at Nashville before rejoining his command for the march through the Carolinas and Virginia.