Fort Oglethorpe (Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia)

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Fort Oglethorpe
Catoosa / Walker counties, Georgia, USA
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Members of the UNC Class of 1917 at Fort Oglethorpe, March 1915
Coordinates 34°56′58.75″N 85°15′10.66″W
Site information
Owner Private/Public
Site history
In use 1902-1946

Fort Oglethorpe was a United States Army post in the US state of Georgia. It was established in a 1902 regulation, and received its first contingent in 1904. It served largely as a cavalry post for the 6th Cavalry. During World War I Fort Oglethorpe was home to 4,000 German Prisoners of War and civilian detainees.[1] During World War I and World War II, it served as an induction and processing center. During World War II, it was a major training center for the Women's Army Corps. The post was declared surplus after World War II and sold. The majority of the old post formed the nucleus for the present community of Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia.

In the 1930s, soldiers played polo with Summerfield Johnston, Sr. (Summerfield Johnston, Jr.'s father), of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company, later known as Coca-Cola Enterprises, at Fort Oglethorpe and on the Johnston farm in McDonald, Tennessee.[2]

The American comic book artist and writer Marc Swayze was stationed at Fort Oglethorpe at the beginning of World War II.[3]

See also[edit]

German prisoners of war in the United States Fort Oglethorpe (prisoner-of-war camp)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Copeland, Susan, "Foreign Prisoners of War", The New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved March 28, 2011
  2. ^ Benjamin Butler, A Passion for Polo: The Johnston Family Legacy, CitysScope
  3. ^ "Marcus Desha Swayze". Monroe News Star. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 

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Coordinates: 34°56′58.75″N 85°15′10.66″W / 34.9496528°N 85.2529611°W / 34.9496528; -85.2529611