Camp Sevier (1)

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Camp Sevier (1) (1917-1919) - A U.S. Army World War I National Guard Mobilization and Training Camp first established in 1917 near Taylors, Greenville County, South Carolina. Named Camp Sevier in G.O. 95, 18 Jul 1917, after the Governor of the States of Franklin and Tennessee, John Sevier, who had served as Brigadier General in the North Carolina Militia during the Revolutionary War. Abandoned in 1919.

Camp Sevier Panorama circa 1918
Camp Sevier Panorama circa 1918

World War I (1917-1918)

One of sixteen U.S. Army National Guard Mobilization and Training Camps established in 1917 to train and integrate National Guard units for service in a U.S. Army division. Camp Sevier was established 18 July 1917 under the supervision of construction quartermaster Major A. G. Doyle on a site of about 1,900 acres. The camp was to have a capacity of about 46,000 officers and enlisted men that would become the 30th U.S. Infantry Division. The camp was completed in November 1917 at an eventual cost of $ 6,500,000.

The first commander of the camp was Major General John F. Morrison (Cullum 2904) who formed the 30th U.S. Infantry Division and initiated training. The 30th arrived in August 1917 and departed for France in May 1918. The 30th distinguished itself in combat and sustained heavy losses, including 1,652 killed, 9,429 wounded and 77 captured. The 30th returned to the U.S. and was demobilized on 7 May 1919 at Camp Jackson (1), South Carolina.

Also trained at Camp Sevier:

At the end of the war the camp became a demobilization center until it was turned over to the Public Health Service on 1 Apr 1919.

Current Status

Markers (2) in Taylors, Greenville County, South Carolina.


Location: Hwy 29 at Artillery Road, Taylors, Greenville County, South Carolina.

Maps & Images

Lat: 34.89614911 Long: -82.36310586

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 721
  • Rinaldi, Richard A., The US Army in World War I - Orders of Battle, Tiger Lily Publications LLC, 2004, 244 pages, page 38-39
  • Brief Histories of Divisions, U.S. Army: 1917-1918, U.S.A. General Staff, June 1921, 92 pages, 37-38
  • Morden, Lt. Colonel Earle B., The Work of the Construction Division of the United States Army from Coast to Coast, 1917-1919, The Journal of the Engineers' Club of Philadelphia, Vol XXXVII-3, March 1920, No. 184, (Google Books)

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