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Description: Story Behind the Naming of Camp PhelanDate: June 18 1885
Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL
Source: Madison County, AL Library
Page/Column: Page 2, Column 4
OVER THE STATE
The second Alabama regiment is quartered at Camp Phelan, near Montgomery. Of the name of the camp the Montgomery Advertiser says: Camp Phelan is named in honor of the brave Captains Phelan brothers, both of whom fell in battle in the War Between the States. Captain Watkins Phelan commanded the old Metropolitan Guards of Montgomery, and was mortally wounded before Petersburg, April 2, 1865. Captain Thomas Phelan, of Perry County, served in the Eighth Alabama, and fell in the seven days’ flight before Richmond in 1862. These two noble brothers were especially noted for their contempt of danger and their dauntless heroism in battle, and in naming the camp of the Second Regiment in their honor, Col. Jones honored himself. After sleeping, the one twenty-two and the other nineteen years, in soldiers’ grave in Virginia the remains of the Captains Phelan were brought to Montgomery last October and laid away in their final resting place in the City Cemetery. Both soldiers were sons of the late Hon. John D. Phelan, of Tuskaloosa. They were brothers of Hon. Ellis Phelan, Secretary of State of Alabama; Captain John Phelan, of Chattanooga; Mr. S. H. Phelan, of Atlanta, and Mrs. Robert L. Watt and Mrs. Jesse D. Beale, of Montgomery.