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Encyclopedia > Camp Peary

Camp Peary is a military reservation in York County, Virginia. It home to the United States Department of Defense's Armed Forces Experimental Training Activity. It has about 9,275 acres of land, of which about 8,000 are unimproved or only partially improved. Location in the state of Virginia Formed 1634 Seat Yorktown Area  - Total  - Water 558 km² (216 mi²) 285 km² (110 mi²) 50. ...

During World War II, the U.S. Navy took over a large area in York County which became known as Camp Peary. All residents of the entire towns of Magruder and Bigler's Mill were removed. Magruder had been named for American Civil War Confederate General John B. Magruder, and a civil war field hospital had occupied the site of Bigler's Mill. World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrinations, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons like the atom bomb World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a mid-20th-century conflict that engulfed much of the globe... The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... Magruder was a small town in Virginia near Williamsburg in York County which is now extinct. ... Biglers Mill was a small town in Virginia near Williamsburg in York County which is now extinct. ... The American Civil War was fought in North America from 1861 until 1865 between the United States of America – forces coming mostly from the 23 northern states of the Union – and the newly-formed Confederate States of America, which consisted of 11 southern states that had declared their secession. ... For other meanings of confederate and confederacy, see confederacy (disambiguation) National Motto Deo Vindice (Latin: Under God our Vindicator) Official language English de facto nationwide Various European and Native American languages regionally Capital Montgomery, Alabama February 4, 1861–May 29, 1861 Richmond, Virginia May 29, 1861–April 9, 1865 Largest... John B. Magruder John Bankhead Magruder ( May 1, 1807 – February 19, 1871) was a U.S. Army officer in the Mexican War, and a Confederate general in the American Civil War. ...

Camp Peary later became well-known as "The Farm," a training facility for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Although the roads and structures are still there and occupied, access to the base is still restricted. An airport was added near the site of Bigler's Mill. The CIA Seal The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is an American intelligence agency, responsible for obtaining and analyzing information about foreign governments, corporations, and individuals, and reporting such information to the various branches of the U.S. Government. ...

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  • Virginian Ledger-Pilot newspaper story from 1994

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Douglas R. Davies, Navigation Report, Robert E. Peary, North Pole (5528 words)
Peary’s observations of the sun during a 30-hour period in and around his final camp, named Camp Jesup, showed that within the probable error of his navigation instruments (about five miles), the party had reach the pole, as Peary, Henson, and the Eskimos all maintained for the rest of their lives.
Peary’s 40 dogs for the final dash were the pick of 133 that had started the trek and were well fed and rested in readiness for the final assault.
Peary could not have known he was recording proof of his position when he made this photograph about 18:00 hours local time on April 7, 1909, of expedition members making their last sounding near the pole.
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