Camp Sheridan (4)
Camp Sheridan (4) (1917-1919) - A U.S. Army World War I National Guard Mobilization and Training Camp first established in 1917 near Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama; sometimes referred to as Vandiver Park, from the name of the nearest railroad station at the time. Named Camp Sheridan in G.O. 95, 18 Jul 1917, after General Philip H. Sheridan (Cullum 1612), U.S. Civil War General. Abandoned in 1919.
One of sixteen U.S. Army National Guard Mobilization and Training Camps was established in 1917 to train and integrate National Guard units for service in a U.S. Army division. Camp Sheridan was established on 20 July 1917 under the supervision of construction quartermaster Major A. W. Reynolds. The camp was to originally have a capacity of about 41,000 officers and enlisted men that would become the 37th U.S. Infantry Division. The camp was mostly completed in November 1917 with an eventual cost of $ 3,700,000.
The first commander of the camp was Major General William R. Smith (Cullum 3459) who formed the 37th U.S. Infantry Division and initiated troop training. The 37th was organized on 26 August 1917 and departed for France on 23 Jun 1918. The 37th returned to the U.S. in March 1919 and was demobilized at Camp Sheridan.
At the end of the war, the camp became a demobilization center until it was abandoned on 15 Mar 1919.
Markers and display cannons line the median on Johnson Street in Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama.
Visited: 7 Aug 2021, 17 Apr 2016