Arizona’s Camel Military Corps and Hi Jolly

Do you realize that if it hadn’t been for the Civil War there might be herds of wild camels roaming Arizona’s deserts today? That would be something to see, don’t you think?

Of course, if it hadn’t been for the Civil War lots of things would be different, but that’s neither here nor there. Arizona’s adventure with camels began in 1855 when Jefferson Davis, then secretary of war and later president of the Confederacy, was sold on the idea of importing camels to build and travel on a wagon road through the Southwest.

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