WWI Camp Gordon, Georgia ~ Baptism of Army Negro Soldiers 1917-1919

Camp Gordon - ARMY Negro Soldiers Baptism48. Baptism for Army Men, Colored troops of the U. S. Army receiving Holy Baptism at the Norcross Rifle Range, Camp Gordon, Ga.
The American Negro in the World War – Emmett J. Scott 1919


Miltary Mystery: WWI 1919 Atlanta Infantry Drill – Take II

As it turns out, the “original poster” of my WWI 1919 Atlanta Infantry Drill mystery is none other than Lee Eltzroth of Hunting & Gathering, my online genealogy Twitter pal! Who knew the genea-blogging community was so small? Well, I guess I did BUT it’s still cool to know the Infantry Drill image is in Lee’s hands AND that allows me to gather even more intel!:)

So take a look at both the FRONT and BACK side views of our mystery image. The devil is in the details! Time to dig in to find our Clarence/Charles and Gertrude JACKSON of Macon, Georgia! These Ancestors are calling for us!:)

Infantry Drill Atlanta 1919

Infantry Drill 1919 postcard back

Infantry Drill 1919 postcard back detailSo tell me what do you see?!:)


FOOTNOTE 1.29.2014

U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 — Gertrude Jackson

  • Name: Gertrude Jackson
  • Residence Year: 1915
  • Street Address: 306 Madison
  • Residence Place: Macon, Georgia
  • Occupation: Teacher
  • Publication Title: Macon, Georgia, City Directory, 1915

Gertrude JACKSON - Macon, GA City Directory 1915

1920 United States Federal Census about Gertrude Jackson

  • Notes : Gertrude is living with her Aunt Etta FLOYD (b. 1882) at 306 Madison Street in Macon’s 3d Ward. She is 20 years old, born in 1900 and teaching.

Gertrude JACKSON - Macon, GA 1920 Census

Miltary Mystery: WWI 1919 Atlanta Infantry Drill

Infantry Drill - Atlanta 1919 A few days ago while researching my Ancestor Sgt. Pierce DORSEY I discovered a Memorial Day Mystery post that caught my interest.

Note the original poster’s comments below:

The Monday Mystery photograph for today is a photo postcard postmarked “Atlanta May 1919” and captioned “3002 – Infantry Drill – Port Arms.”… The postcard is addressed to Gertrude Jackson in Macon, from her brother, who inscribed it to “my dearest little sister”.  The brother may have been named Clarence, (although it looks to be signed “ChailXX” and I thought perhaps “Charles” if that “i” is really an R, but the last letters are rubbed off).  I did find a Gertrude Jackson in Macon with a brother Clarence in 1910 — BUT the writer is not the mystery.

The military housing and trees look similar to images I’ve seen taken of Atlanta’s Camp Gordon, where a large number of African American soldiers received war-training during WWI.

Can’t help wondering if this is really an image of Camp Gordon and if a young Elbert CODY III or Zack JONES is among the men running through their Infantry Drill? Or if Gertrude JACKSON in Macon, and her brother knew any of my people there?

I plan to poke around to see what I find. Stranger things have happened!:)