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Camp Beauregard

Early History of Camp Beauregard

Camp Beauregard is located in Pineville, Louisiana, and is named for Confederate general and Louisiana native Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard. It dates back to World War I when it was authorized by the War Department on July 15, 1917.

Originally, Camp Beauregard included the property that is now Pinecrest State School and a large tract directly behind the Procter and Gamble plant on U.S. Highway 165 as well as the present camp proper. The Camp Beauregard Base Hospital in 1919 became a U.S. Public Health Hospita,l and in 1920 a U.S. Veterans' Administration Hospital.

It served as a training facility for soldiers who were sent to France from 1917 to 1918 and was closed in 1919 and turned over to the State of Louisiana which used the grounds periodically for National Guard training.

It was reactivated as a federal facility in 1940 and served as the hub of the Louisiana Maneuvers.  The WWII camp grounds also included nearby Esler Field.

Post World War II

Following World War II, Camp Beauregard reverted back to state control and was used as a training area for two years before again being deactivated.  It was revived in 1973 and currently serves as a logistical and training base for engineer and aviation units of the Louisiana National Guard.

Camp Beauregard Today

Today, Camp Beauregard serves as the primary annual training and pre-mobilization training platform for the Louisiana National Guard. Camp Beauregard supports all training of the Louisiana National Guard, and Department of Defense (DoD) customers in support of military and emergency operations both federal and state.

Additionally, Camp Beauregard serves as both a staging base for National Guard personnel and a logistical staging area for various emergency response agencies during times of State and Federal Emergencies.

Camp Beauregard Historic Postcards

Shown below are images of Camp Beauregard in a series of historic postcards provided courtesy of the Louisiana History Museum.

Camp Beauregard, April, 1915
154 INF, 135 INF, 39 DIV
Camp Beauregard, April, 1915
Camp Beauregard, February, 1919
Camp Beauregard, February, 1919
The original Camp Beauregard water tower when the camp opened.
It was located near the current Pine Plaza Shopping Mall in Pineville on the Military Highway.
The original Camp Beauregard water tower

Other Military Camps in Central Louisiana

Military Camps in Central Louisiana in WWII
World War II military camps in the Alexandria Louisiana area Camp Livingston Esler Field Camp Beauregard Alexandria Army Air Base, later known as England Air Force Base Camp Claiborne Pollock Army Air Field
Camp Livingston Louisiana
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Louisiana Maneuvers sign, outside Hotel Bentley, downtown Alexandria Louisiana
Louisiana Maneuvers sign, outside Hotel Bentley, downtown Alexandria, Louisiana (photo by Ken Freeman)
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Camp Claiborne Louisiana
Alexandria Army Air Base, later England Air Force Base, gate
Camp Beauregard Louisiana

Esler Field aka Camp Beauregard Army Field, and Esler Army Airfield. Construction began in 1939, and renamed in 1941 to honor Lt. Wyler Esler, a pilot who was the first casualty of the airfield when his plane crashed on April 11, 1941

Camp Polk (WikiPedia), near Leesville

Barksdale Field in Bossier City (later renamed Barksdale Air Force Base)

Pollock Army Air Field

Ticket to World War II VictoryOther Sources of Central Louisiana Military Camp Information

Several other sites have significant information about these military camps, including:

Louisiana National Guard

Camp Beauregard at GlobalSecurity

Louisiana Maneuvers and Military Museum operated by the Louisiana Army National Guard

WikiPedia Articles: Camp Livingston and Camp Claiborne

The National World War II Museum, New Orleans

England Air Force Base Memories ... by Louis Crusenberry

englandairforcebase.com - Photographs, stories, and memories

Louisiana History Museum, Alexandria, Louisiana

The Historic Bentley Hotel, Alexandria

Camp Ruston POW Facilities (PDF)

32nd Infantry Red Arrow Division Veteran Association

Camp Livingston and Camp Claiborne at WinnFreeNet including photos, maps, blueprints, current status, access, trails, roads, etc.

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