Historic Markers Across Florida

Second Mass. Infantry Camp May 17-30, 1898

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Location: 35 Lake Morton Drive, Lakeland, FL
County: Polk
Coordinates: N 28° 2.4    W 081° 57.237
  28.04    -81.95395
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMHAYD


Camp Massachusetts, one of the five encampments in Lakeland during the Spanish-American War, bordered part of Lake Morton. Pvt. Wesley S. Brass, of Company I, died here and was given "a funeral that Marshal of France might have deserved..." The 71st New York Infantry encamped by this lake, west of Massachusetts Avenue.

Erected 1948 by the City Library.