Henry Pinckney McCain
Major General, United States Army
Pinckney McCain of Mississippi
Appointed from Mississippi, Cadet, United States Military Academy, 1 July 1881 (20)
Second Lieutenant, 3rd U. S. Infantry, 14 June 1885
First Lieutenant, 21st U. S. Infantry, 24 February 1892
Transferred to 14th U. S. Infantry, 14 March 1892
Captain, March 1899
Major, Assistant Adjutant General, 9 November 1900
Lieutenant Colonel, Assistant Adjutant General, 30 June 1901
Some of John McCain's (U. S. Senator, Arizona) forebears would go to West Point, among them a distant uncle, Major General Henry Pinckney McCain, who set up the World War I draft and became known as the father of Selective Service. Click here for more information on the McCain Family.
Camp McCain, in Elliott, Mississippi, is a Mississippi National Guard training site that covers 13,000 acres. Training at the facility includes tank maneuvers, artillery training and general training for National Guard troops.
Camp McCain was one of several training sites
that sprang up throughout Mississippi during World War II. In 1942, the
United States Army opened a major training facility on a 42,000-acre site
at Elliott, Mississippi in Grenada County. The facility was named Camp
McCain in honor of a famous family of military men from neighboring Carroll
County, including Carroll county native Major General Henry P. McCain.
Troops for the army's 87th and 94th divisions trained at Camp McCain before
being sent into combat in Europe. At the peak of its expansion, Camp McCain
served as many as 50,000 troops.
McCain "was in Alaska when the Spanish War began and took part in some of the severest fighting in the Philippine Insurrection." From being a major in the Adjutant General's Department, he became adjutant general of the Army as a brigadier general in 1914. He was assigned to the 12th Division in August 1918.
Of him, the book stated, "His example and inspiring
personality is responsible for the rapid progress and marked efficiency
of the command."
NOTE: His son-in-law, Emery
T. Smith, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army, was a 1924 suicide
victim and is also buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
MCCAIN, HENRY P
MAJOR GEN U S ARMY RET
DATE OF DEATH: 07/25/1941
BURIED AT: SECTION 9 SITE 5831
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
MCCAIN, EMELINE D W/O HENRY P
Posted: 6 May 2006 Updated: 2 June 2006 Updated: 13 June 2006 Updated: 3 August 2007
Photo Courtesy of Holly, May 2006