Taylors in Greenville County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
This camp, named in honor of John Sevier, Lieut. Col., N.C. militia, 1777, Col., 1781, Brig. Gen., U.S.P.A., 1796, was approved as cantonment site May 21, 1917. The 30th Division trained here from August 28, 1917 to May 1, 1918; the 81st, from May 18, 1918 to July 16, 1918; the 20th, from August 12, 1918 to February 28, 1919.
Erected 1938 by The American Legion of South Carolina. (Marker Number 23-2.)
Location. 34° 53.986′ N, 82° 20.245′ W. Marker is in Taylors, South Carolina, in Greenville County. Marker is at the intersection of Wade Hampton Boulevard (U.S. 29) and Artillery Road, on the left when traveling north on Wade Hampton Boulevard. Click for map. Marker is located beside the Open Hearth Restaurant. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2801 Wade Hampton Boulevard # 1, Taylors SC 29687, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rev. James R. Rosemond (approx. ¾ mile away); a different marker also named Camp Sevier (approx. 1.5 miles away); Woodlawn Memorial Park Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away); What's So Special About this Bridge? (approx. 2.5 miles away); The Dam for Reservoir 2 (approx. 2.6 miles away); Welcome to Paris Mountain State Park (approx. 2.6 miles away); New Life for Old Bathhouse (approx. 2.6 miles away); Come On In, the Water's Fine! (approx. 2.6 miles away); "Mom, Can I Have a Nickle?" (approx. 2.6 miles away); Open to the Sky (approx. 2.7 miles away).
Regarding Camp Sevier. The camp was located near the intersection of Rutherford Street and Pine Knoll Drive. Hastily erected in 1917 to help America respond to the Allies' need for freshly trained troops for World War I, the camp was located 6 miles from Greenville and covered 1,900 acres. It included a hospital, drill grounds, bakery and barracks for the Army's 30th Infantry/Field Artillery Division. 80,000 men were trained here for World War I. Following basic training, soldiers were shipped from here to Charleston for combat in France. (Source: http://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/league/tourprt.htm.)
Camp Sevier was one of three training camps in South Carolina. The others were Camp Wadsworth and Camp Jackson, the only one of the three still in operation.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Also see . . .
1. Camp Sevier Photograph Collection.
2. 30th Infantry Division (United States). The 30th Infantry Division was a unit of the United States Army in World War I and World War II.
3. 81st Infantry Division (United States). The 81st Infantry Division was a unit of the United States Army in World War I and World War II.
4. 20th Division (United States). Organized in 1918 as a regular army and national army division for World War I, the 20th Division did not go overseas and demobilized in February 1919 at Camp Sevier, South Carolina.
5. John Sevier. John Sevier (23 September 1745 – 25 September 1815) served four years (1785–1789) as the only governor of the State of Franklin and twelve years (1796–1801 and 1803–1809) as Governor of Tennessee, and as a U.S. Representative from Tennessee from 1811 until his death.
6. The Life of John Sevier Time Line. Including Family Origins & World Events, 1506 - 1815.
7. State of Franklin. The State of Franklin was an autonomous, secessionist United States territory created, not long after the end of the American Revolution, from territory that later was ceded by North Carolina to the federal government.
1. About Camp Sevier
On 6 April 1917 the United States declared war on the Central Powers. Governor Manning moved swiftly to make sure that South Carolina did its part, but support for the war was not unanimous. In Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, and Charleston Counties there was strong antiwar sentiment among those of German and Irish descent. The week before war was declared,
The State Council of Defense published a South Carolina Handbook on the War that reflected the zeal with which Americans went to war to overthrow "the barbarous rule of brutal Prussia." Either support the war or be labeled a traitor. There could be no middle ground: "Those who are not for us are against us." A corps of 200 business and civic leaders (called "Four Minute Men") were prepared to speak anywhere, anytime. The speakers' bureau, like much of the material in the pamphlet, was part of a coordinated national campaign to mobilize the home front. Carolinians, white and black, rallied to the flag, but because of Jim Crow all war support activities (Red Cross, bond drives,
The onset of war made civic leaders anxious to have military bases located near their towns. Greenville and Columbia had learned during the Spanish-American War how much money military installations could pump into a community. A combination of local initiative and the state's political influence with the Wilson administration resulted in the authorization for army training bases at Camp Jackson (Columbia), Camp Sevier (Greenville), and Camp Wadsworth (Spartanburg). The Marine Corps facility at Paris Island and the Charleston Navy Yard bustled with increased activity. Concern for servicemen's health led to federal pressure that closed down heretofore tolerated red-light districts in Charleston and Columbia.
The state's national guard units were incorporated into the 30th (Old Hickory) Division that trained at Camp Sevier. Many Carolinians were members of the 81st (Wildcat) and the 371st Regiment, 93d (Negro) divisions that trained at Camp Jackson. All these units saw action in France, the 81st and 93d
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