About Fort McClellan, AL
Fort McClellan was formerly a United States Army post located adjacent to the Alabama city of Anniston. Since shutting down in 1999, the site has been used as part of the Mountain Longleaf National Widelife Refuge.
The fort was named in honor of Major General George B. McClellan, a former General-in-Chief of the United States Army, as well as a former Governor of New Jersey. The fort flourished during World War II, as one of the countries largest Army installations. Fort McClellan was one of the few Army posts that trained soldiers in chemical warfare.
Fort McClellan typical housed around 10,000 people, while employing about 1,500 civilians. Even though the fort has been closed, portions of the site continue to be used by the Alabama National Guard for the purposes of field training exercises, as well as the Department of Homeland Security's Center for Domestic Preparedness.