|Title:||World War I photograph of 105th Ammunition Train|
|Dates:||1918 March 2|
|Quantity:||0.1 Linear feet (1 oversized folder C)|
The members of the the 105th ammunition train of the 30th division, formerly of the second South Carolina infantry, shared all the hardships of the division ill breaking the Hindenburg line; it was they who brought up the ammunition and food to the artillery men of the 30th under the most terrific shellfire and gas attacks of the war; in crossing the sea they were attacked by submarines, two of which were sunk by American destroyers; and having entered the war as non-combatant troops they won from General Pershing the immortal designation of "shock troops."
The 105th ammunition train is composed largely of South Carolinian troops the majority being from Charleston and Columbia. 1) Capt. J. L. Gantt, Charleston, commanded company A. Sumter guards 2) Capt. H. O. With'ington, Charleston, commanded company B, Washington Light infantry 3) Capt. Frank Garety, Charleston. commanded company C. Irish volunteers 4) Capt. C. D. Ortmann, Charleston commanded company D, the Fusiliers 5) Capt. W. M. Carter, Columbia.. commanded company F. the Governor's guards 6) Capt. L. I. Wingard commanded company G. New Brookland.
It was on May 25 1918 that this ammunition train left Camp Sevier, Greenville, for France. It was under command of Col. W. W. Lewis. On the way it halted for 32 hours at Camp Mills. Then it proceeded to Montreal, Canada, where it boarded the transport Port Lincoln. which left on May 27 for Halifax. On June 1, 1918, it sailed for France, convoyed by ten American destroyers and a "mystery" ship.
North Carolina Department of Natural Resources http://www.dcr.state.nc.us/ (Retrieved August 6, 2009)
The collection consists of a photograph of the 105th Ammunition Train, Lt. Col. W. W. Lewis, commanding. The photo was taken at Camp Sevier, South Carolina on March 2, 1918. The battalion would leave for France in May 1918.
World War I photograph, 1918 March 2. MS 2746. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.