There was a time during the antebellum period in America when the United States military thought to use unconventional means to explore the deserts of the Southwest. The United States Camel Corps had a small, yet crucial collection of advocates who helped advance the project. Influential men, like Secretary of War Jefferson Davis, virtually formed a cabal that surrounded the program. However, it was to be short lived, as the United States Camel Corps was only in service for a few years. The loss of crucial leaders, the oncoming Civil War, and the advent of new transportation technology combined to end the Camel Corps experiment in the United States.
"Outside the Sandbox: Camels in Antebellum America,"
Saber and Scroll: Vol. 5
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.apus.edu/saberandscroll/vol5/iss4/4
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