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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.
http://www.sauruspress.com/lookback/worldwars/lookback.htm


Early days at Camp Wadsworth, before the buildings were built.
http://flickr.com/photos/charmainezoe/1592359196/in/set-72157602469560731/




Bridge building at Camp Wadsworth.
http://flickr.com/photos/charmainezoe/1592374242/in/set-72157602469560731/


Road building at Camp Wadsworth.
http://flickr.com/photos/charmainezoe/1592357718/in/set-72157602469560731/


Map of Camp Wadsworth. Click on picture to zoom up and see it better.
http://www.oryansroughnecks.org/wadsworth.html


Men learning their morse codes at Camp Wadsworth.
www.telegraph-office.com


These came from a collection of Gordon Van Gleek's at Camp Wadsworth, SC.
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~treebz65/momside/vankleeck/gordonvk/gvkcamp1918/gvkarmycamp.html




















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.
http://flickr.com/photos/charmainezoe/2231444660/in/set-72157602469560731/


Winter at Camp Wadsworth
http://flickr.com/photos/charmainezoe/128111258/in/set-72157602469560731/


Liberty Loan Parade in 1918 in Spartanburg, SC. Troops marched from Camp Wadsworth.
http://blogs.wofford.edu/littlejohn_collection/2007/11/talk20-presenta.html


http://www.schistory.net/campwadsworth/photogallery.html


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.


http://www.gwpda.org/photos/bishop.htm


Camouflage


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/

1 comment:

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

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