408  Motor Supply Camp Sherman 20 November 1917

Camp Sherman troops at mess hall

Camp Sherman horse feeding station

Camp Sherman ready for morning drill

Company of US transports

Camp Sherman soldiers in review

Camp Sherman Gun Inspection

Camp Sherman getting ready for action

Camp Sherman Drilling Rookies

Camp Sherman boys at mess

Camp Sherman a dry crowd


Camp Sherman just after Mess

Camp Sherman New Recruits

Camp Sherman front view of the Red Cross Hospital

Looking at Camp Sherman from a distance

Camp Sherman cantonment


Camp Sherman base hospital section

Camp Sherman Ice Plant

Digging trenches at Camp Sherman

Camp Sherman soldiers after they finished digging trench

Rookies on a 2 mile long street

Camp Sherman Base Hospital with camp in background

Camp Sherman a row of wards Base Hospital

Camp Sherman Emergency Hospital

Camp Sherman Showers, Bunk Houses and Officers Quarters

Camp Sherman 332 infantry

Camp Sherman Main Post Exchange with what is now Rt. 104 in front

Bird's Eye View of Camp Sherman

Camp Sherman Barracks

Camp Sherman a partial view

Camp Sherman Bakery


Camp Sherman Power House

Camp Sherman a wide view

Picture provided by Steve Staten
Camp Sherman a wide view
Picture provided by Steve Staten

Camp Sherman 336 infantry

photo courtesy of Chuck Myers.  Chuck's dad is in this picture.

     Ultimately, Camp Sherman became the third largest camp in the nation during the war. The camp was named after famous Ohioan and Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman.  

     The construction contract was awarded to A. Bentley & Sons of Toledo, Ohio. Approximately 2,000 acres of land were purchased for $20 an acre.  Construction began on June 28, 1917, and the camp was commissioned on August 27, 1917, by Major General E. F. Glenn. The camp was nearly 95% complete in September and could house 40,000 men and 10,000 horses and mules in 2,000 nearby buildings. Before World War I ended, a total of 124,502 soldiers passed through Camp Sherman. The addition of Camp Sherman nearly quadrupled the size of Chillicothe.

     In 1918, the influenza epidemic arrived at Camp Sherman. Thousands of soldiers contracted Spanish influenza in the late summer and early fall, and nearly twelve hundred died from the illness.

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A view of one of Camp Sherman's two Curtiss Jenny biplanes. They were used to observe maneuvers and evaluate troop formations.

Jeff Shroyer collection

Hauling material to the trenches

Soldiers from Camp Sherman in front of court house 1918 

Toledo boys of the 329 inf November 1919

Camp Sherman 83rd football squad

Camp Sherman all Americans

Camp Sherman about 7 p.m

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Showing a row of officers' quarters at Camp Sherman

Starting on a morning hike

Camp Sherman Trench Diggers

Dwight D Eisenhower at Camp Sherman sitting in the reviewing stand with General Glenn watching a football game. Ike is to the left of Gen. Glenn in the photo who is standing.