Camp Gordon (3)

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Camp Gordon (3) (1917-1920) - A World War I Camp first established in 1917 north of Atlanta at Chamblee, DeKalb County, Georgia. Named Camp Gordon after Lieutenant General John Brown Gordon CSA, Confederate General and Governor of Georgia. Abandoned in 1920.

Camp Gordon at Atlanta Left Side of Panorama
Camp Gordon at Atlanta Right Side of Panorama

World War I

Established 18 Jul 1917 and constructed under the supervision of constructing quartermaster Major James N. Pease as one of sixteen National Army Training Camps prepared for U.S. entry into World War I. The camp was built on 2,400 acres and came to have 1,600 buildings with a capacity of 47,000 troops and an eventual cost of $ 11,900,000.

Camp Gordon served as the training camp for the 82nd U.S. Infantry Division which was organized at Camp Gordon on 25 Aug 1917 under Major General Eben Swift. The 82nd began deployment to Europe on 25 Apr 1918 and completed it on 1 Jun 1918. While in Europe the 82nd had 8,300 casualties. After the war the 82nd was demobilized at Camp Upton 27 May 1919.

Camp Gordon was ordered abandoned in 1920 and disposed of in September 1921.

Current Status

Now the site of DeKalb Peachtree Airport at Chamblee north of Atlanta, DeKalb County, Georgia. Georgia State marker located on a small plaza with several flags.


Location: DeKalb Peachtree Airport at Chamblee north of Atlanta, DeKalb County, Georgia. Map point is the marker.

Maps & Images

Lat: 33.876998 Long: -84.304137

Sources:

  • Roberts, Robert B., Encyclopedia of Historic Forts: The Military, Pioneer, and Trading Posts of the United States, Macmillan, New York, 1988, 10th printing, ISBN 0-02-926880-X, page 223
  • Ayres, Leonard Porter, The War with Germany: A Statistical Summary, U.S. War Department, 2nd Ed, 1919, 147 pages
  • Rinaldi, Richard A., The US Army in World War I - Orders of Battle, Tiger Lily Publications LLC, 2004, 244 pages
  • Brief Histories of Divisions, U.S. Army: 1917-1918, U.S.A. General Staff, June 1921, 92 pages

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