The Naming of Fort Devens and Rogers Field


Camp Devens was established in 1917 as a temporary training camp for soldiers from the New England area and named in honor of Civil War Brigadier General Charles Devens of Charlestown, Massachusetts.

In September of 1931 Camp Devens became a permanent post and was renamed Fort Devens due to the tireless efforts of Congresswoman Edith Nourse Rogers of Lowell, Massachusetts.

Rogers Field was named for Edith Nourse Rogers’ husband, US House of Representative John Jacob Rogers of Lowell, Massachusetts, who supported the creation of Camp Devens and served from 1913 until his death in 1925.  In 1934, the field was dedicated in his name, by his widow, Congresswoman Edith Nourse Rogers.

Read more about Brigadier General Charles Devens, Congresswoman Edith Norse Rogers and US House of Representative John Jacob Rogers


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