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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Camp Wadsworth in Spartanburg, SC During World War I

Yesterday, I got on the Internet and did a Google search of images of Camp Wadsworth. This was one of the training camps for World War I and was located outside Spartanburg, SC. Here is what I found:

Leaving his sweetheart in NY to go for training at Camp Wadsworth, SC.

Early days at Camp Wadsworth, before the buildings were built.

Bridge building at Camp Wadsworth.

Road building at Camp Wadsworth.

Map of Camp Wadsworth. Click on picture to zoom up and see it better.

Men learning their morse codes at Camp Wadsworth.

These came from a collection of Gordon Van Gleek's at Camp Wadsworth, SC.

Still Picture Records LICON, Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-S), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001

Hospital. Don't forget the Spanish Influenza Pandemic that hit the nation in 1918-1919.

Parade at Camp Wadsworth.

Winter at Camp Wadsworth

Liberty Loan Parade in 1918 in Spartanburg, SC. Troops marched from Camp Wadsworth.


I assume this hay pile was for the mules.

These buildings were still around after they built Westgate Mall and were used as warehouses.. They burned and then were demolished in order to build more stores, movies, new main post office, etc. Nothing of Camp Wadsworth is left now.

Officer's Mess

Mess Halls

Building the floors for under the tents.

Septic tanks

Soldiers marched from Camp Wadsworth in Spartanburg, SC to the foothills at Glassy Mountain to a firing range.



A gentleman recently emailed me some photos of his Grandfather at Camp Wadsworth. Thank you, Dennis Brown! His Grandfather is in two photos on top row, right and center.

More great photos from Dennis Brown of his Grandfather!

I received this email from a reader of my blog:
"I happened across your blog today with the article on Camp Wadsworth. I grew up on a farm that was on land where Camp Wadsworth had been. My maternal grandfather, P. W. Ab**r, came to Camp Wadsworth from Vermont to train for WWI and met and married my grandmother, Nell Di**n. After the war, they bought 40 acres just east of Powell Mill Road and raised their family there. My parents had a home just next door to Mamaw. Papaw died when Mom was 6 months pregnant with me. I lived at 420 Abner Rd. all my life until I went away to college. Seeing your pictures made my history all come back to me. I also have in my home two little marble based lamps that my grandfather said came out of the officer’s quarters in Camp Wadsworth. Thanks for the blast from the past." -V.M.C.

For more on the history of Camp Wadsworth, go to http://www.schistory.net/campwadsworth/


Anonymous said...

have been digging for data on my dad's WWI experience.
Today I learned he was sent to Camp Wadsworth. He was in 57th Pioneer from SC.
Co. D. sent to France. IF anyone else has the same line and maybe knows more of what this company experienced, I'd love to hear. I 'think' my dad may have had the Spanish Flu as he was hospitalized in France. - njf@efn.org

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your piece on Camp Wadsworth. Yes, my grandfather was stationed there late 1917, as part of the 107th infantry. He was 19 years old and obviously survived the war, albeit with major injuries and being gassed. Camp Wadsworth was the first time he had been out of NY state.......

Not lost on the fact that they trained to go fight Germans then and Spartanburg is today home to US BMW.....how the world changes in 100 years.

So thanks for your efforts!

Sandy Werness said...

Hi, I just found some tiny old photos of my grandfather, at Camp Wadsworth, and really appreciate your blog! My grandfather went from there to the Edgemore arsenal where he worked in the lab, most likely on the chemical composition of the gasses the US needed to combat those that the Germans were using (which took our side by surprise, so we had to quickly figure out how to make those gasses and retaliate). He never told his family this, though - they thought he was working on the anodyne dyes for the soldier uniforms. (He was a chemist.) He went on to a distinguished career at the Squibb manufacturing company which included developing new medicines and manufacturing penicilin in large batches for the soldiers in WWII.
Thanks for reading.

Anonymous said...

Hello, I have lived my life right by the rifle range of Camp Wadsworth. My family has lived in the same area for almost 300 years now and was brought to this place by Abner Center. Abner was a colonel for Spartanburg county and at one point, owned just over 600 acres on the top of Glassy Mountain. After looking into your blog, it occurred to me just how large this camp truly was. I appreciate your back ground information and learning more about the camp overall.

Unknown said...

After ww2 my father operated a dairy producing milk on the main concrete sight where many of the large barracks were located. I recall one large concrete bunker remained on the hill nearby the electric trolley that still ran back and forth to Greenville each day . The dairy operation was sold out about 1949. The old barracks were still

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