"CAMP HANCOCK GA." -Infantry- B-37

(n. p.): Newark Photo Co., [1918]. Oblong photo: 7-5/8" x 43-1/8" Photograph housed in an early varnished brown wood frame. Rear exterior paper backing absent. Varnish being to chip off from frame. Item #46479

Camp Hancock, active 1917 - 1919, was a U.S. Army World War I National Guard Mobilization and Training Camp established near Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia. The facility was named Camp Hancock in G.O. 95, 18 Jul 1917, after Major General Winfield Scott Hancock, U.S. Civil War and Mexican War General.

The first commander of the camp was Major General Charles M. Clement who formed the 28th U.S. Infantry Division from Pennsylvania National Guard units. The 28th entered Federal service 5 Aug 1917 and began departing for France on 21 Apr 1918. The 28th distinguished itself in combat, fighting sometimes hand to hand. The 28th suffered heavy casualties, including 2,531 killed, 13,746 wounded and 726 captured. The 28th returned to the U.S. and was demobilized on 17 May 1919 at Camp Dix, New Jersey.

At the end of the war, the camp became a demobilization center until it was abandoned 27 Mar 1919 and turned over to a caretaker detachment. Nothing remains today. [fortwiki]

A rare visual relic documenting this WWI mobilization effort.

Price: $395.00