|Title:||University of Georgia - World War I Reserve Officers Training Camp|
|Quantity:||0.05 Linear feet (1 portfolio)|
|Abstract:||The collection consists of framed items which include the signatures of the University of Georgia men who attended the Second Reserve Officers Training Camp at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, during September and October 1917. In addition, and also framed, is the cover letter from Reverend Arthur Rowbotham of the National War Work Council of the Young Men's Christian Association concerning this gift.|
Fort Oglethorpe was dedicated December 12, 1904 and named for the founder of the Georgia colony, James Oglethorpe. It was used as a camp of instruction and maneuvers for regular army and national guard troops in 1906, 1908 and 1910. It served as the home of the 3rd, 7th, 10th, 11th and 12th Cavalry prior to World War I. During World War I, Fort Oglethorpe became the site of three camps which extended onto battlefield land to the south of the post. Wooden barracks were erected among the monuments honoring Union and Confederate units from the Civil War and trench and war games were conducted there. A young John J. Pershing served there for a short time and First Lieutenant Dwight David Eisenhower served nearly three months in late 1917 as an instructor in trench warfare. Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce website. http://www.gatewaytogeorgia.com/catoosa/ftogle.php (Retrieved 1/23/2009)
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University of Georgia - World War I Reserve Officers Training Camp, 1917. MS 1067. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.