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

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Military Mystery: ARMY Lance Corporal Charlie JACKSON (b. abt 1890) of Macon Georgia

I completely believe our research is championed by the Ancestors whose stories we seek to tell. So rather than holding on to all the Charlie JACKSON data I’ve gathered on my mission to find Gertrude’s big brother, I’ll begin posting what I’ve learned of their lives and military service here, among friends. I believe Charlie is fighting to not be forgotten and we will find him soon.

Charlie JACKSON Macon GA Service Card 1917Charlie JACKSON – Georgia, World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919

Lance Corporal Charlie JACKSON was born about 1890 in Macon, Georgia. According to his U.S. Army Service Card, Charlie JACKSON enlisted on October 23, 1917 at Fort McPherson in Atlanta, Georgia. He was promoted to Lance Corporal in January 1918, serving overseas from December 26, 1917 to July 10, 1919.

Lance Cpl. JACKSON was Honorably Discharged from the Army July 21, 1919.

From various records and Macon news sources, I can confirm Charlie’s address as 120 Pio Nono Avenue in Macon where he lived with his Wife, Roberta (b. 1890) for many years, including following his discharge from the Army. Charlie and Roberta can be found in Macon’s City Directory from 1924-1945. There address is less than 2 miles from the home Gertrude shared with Aunt Etta FLOYD at 306 Madison St.

Charlie-JACKSON-I---Macon-GA-City-Directory-1925Charlie & Roberta JACKSON – 1925 U.S. City Directory. Macon GA

Charlie’s 1890 birth year, Macon birth location, close proximity to Gertrude and Fort McPherson training base make him a strong candidate for being “Our Charlie”.

Wounded-Georgians-Return-July-12-1918What doesn’t add up is how could Charlie send Gertrude a postcard with what I believe a March 18, 1919 Fort McPherson postmark IF he didn’t return to the states until July 1919?

Atlanta GA
Mar 18 19
My dearest little sister,
I am so sorry that I didn’t see you any-more.
I am expecting visit there again soon, with lots of love your Bro Charl [sic]

Could Charlie have been injured overseas in France and returned early to Atlanta on July 11, 1918? Could he have been at Fort McPherson recovering from a war injury for 1 year, among the UNNAMED Negroes mentioned in this Macon Telegraph news article (07.12.1018)?

Also, if Charlie lived in Macon close to sister Gertrude, would he have spoken of a “visit” soon? Wouldn’t he have been returning home to Roberta?

I still plan to obtain a death certificate for Gertrude that would [hopefully] identify parents to trace via the census and connect Gertrude and Charlie. An Army Roster with Charlie listed and/or discharge papers would be GOLDEN too! Or a Georgia Military expert to weigh-in on the postcard and confirm if it’s Camp Gordon or Ft. McPherson.

So, what do you think? Is Lance Cpl. JACKSON our Charlie?

Charlie-JACKSON I---MACON-GA--6-AUG-1917

Last Draft List Has Been Mailed. Macon and Bibb County Physical Examinations for the Draft Are to be Held during Present Week
Date: Monday, August 6, 1917  
Paper: Macon Telegraph (Macon, GA)

Charlie JACKSON I - Army Registration CardCharlie JACKSON – Army Registration Card 1917

Charlie-JACKSON-I---Macon-GA-1920-Census

Charlie & Roberta JACKSON – 1920 Macon GA U.S. Census

References:

  • Wounded Georgins Return, Friday, July 12, 1918  – Macon Telegraph (Macon, GA)
  • Last Draft List Has Been Mailed. Macon and Bibb County Physical Examinations for the Draft Are to be Held during Present Week,  Monday, August 6, 1917  – Macon Telegraph (Macon, GA)
  • 1920 United States Census – Macon Georgia, BIBB County
  • 1925 U.S. City Directory – Macon, Georgia
  • World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919 – Ancestry.com
  • Army Registration Card 1917 – Ancestry.com

WWI Army Infantry Mystery & Finding Pvt. Charlie Jackson

Until he tells me otherwise, Gertrude’s big brother and our WWI Army Soldier is officially Charlie JACKSON of the U.S. Army.

Gertrude JACKSON and Aunt Etta FLOYD remained in Macon their entire lives, which makes researching MUCH easier! Gertrude was a career teacher; Aunt Etta at times a laundress. The two remained at 306 Madison Street until Etta passed on July 17, 1952. From what I can tell, Etta was widowed and Gertrude never married — neither appear to have had children.

Now Brother Charlie…

Though I believe he would have been sent to one of the 16 wartime training camps established to support WWI, I believe the postcard on March 18, 1919 was sent from either Fort McPherson or Camp Jesup in East Point Atlanta. Why am I changing-up now? The POSTMARK.

Postmarks from Camp Gordon would have been marked ” Gordon Branch” with the TIME STAMP below the year, like the example below [click image to enlarge]:

POSTMARK - Camp Gordon 1917

Now look at this postmark from March 19, 1919 (1 day after Charlie’s card was stamped). The postmark, print and placement is almost identical!

Did Fort McPherson or Camp Jessup have Negro Troops on base in 1919? I think so, but will need to confirm. Could Charlie have been working with a Labor Battalion to build the installations or hurt in service and sent to McPherson? Possibly.

Where are you Charlie?!:)

References:

Mystery Military: William STRINGER (b. 1930) of Atlanta Georgia

William STRINGERI don’t have any family history to help with my Cousin William STRINGER (b. 1930) — yet!:)

I know he was the youngest child born to John STRINGER and Missie DORSEY of Atlanta, Georgia. William is Cousin Elbert’s baby brother.

I’ve always loved this image of William given to me by his only Sister [and my family research muse], Johnnie Mae STRINGER LONG (1923-2011). William looked GOOD in uniform!:)

There’s much work to be done to honor William’s ARMY Military Service. I’d like to know if he had any wartime service and where William was stationed.

Guide me William.

Luckie

John & Missie DORSEY STRINGER

Parents John STRINGER & Missie DORSEY

Robert & Johnnie Mae LONG

Robert LONG & Johnnie Mae STRINGER (it appears Robert too was an ARMY man!:)

Ozzie & William STRINGER

Brothers Ozzie & William STINGER

ARMY Corporal Claud EVANS ~ WWI Soldier of Washington-Wilkes

WINGFIELD SOLDIERSArmy Corporal Claud EVANS (l) of Washington-Wilkes, Georgia. According to the Lists of Men Ordered to Report to Local Board for Military Duty, 1917–1918, Claud received his wartime training at Camp Funston in Kansas, MO.

This image was among 100+ family pictures returned to myself and cousin Malinda CROSS by Wilkes County native, Annie HALL in 2002.

Annie HALL was a neighbor to Mingo WINGFIELD on Whitehall. She rescued the images from the sidewalk as Mingo’s house was emptied following his passing. She held them in safety for 30 years until a family member could claim them.

Although I’ve yet to validate it through records, I’ve always believed Mingo’s Father, John (Jack) WINGFIELD and my 3rd Great Grandfather James WINGFIELD were brothers.

Below is a note I had with the image of Claud and the unnamed WWI Soldier beside him:

Jul 26, 2002

There were 3 images of these young military men in the stack of images. Frances WINGFIELD, the oldest Daughter of Mingo & Sarah, tells us that the young man pictured on the left is Claud Evans, Sarah’s Brother.

Claud EVANS - WWI Service Card

Claud EVANS – Georgia, World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919

Claud EVANS - Army Registration Card

Claud EVANS – Army Registration Card 1917

Claud EVANS - Lists of Men Ordered to Report to Local Board for Military Duty, 1917–1918

Claud EVANS – Lists of Men Ordered to Report to Local Board for Military Duty, 1917–1918

Sarah & Baby Sarah Elizabeth WINGFIELDClaud’s Sister, Sarah COHEN WINGFIELD, Mingo’s 2ND wife & their daughter, Sarah Elizabeth

VETERAN’S DAY 2013: WWII Soldier James H. Barwick {1925-1994} ARMY

James BarwickOriginal post: September 2, 2009 Wordless Wednesday: WWII Soldier James H. Barwick {1925-1994}

You talk about a girl with her chest puffed up!

Reading the Obituary of my Uncle James BARWICK {my Grandfather Willie BARWICK’S baby Brother} I recently learned that he was a decorated World War II Army Veteran! WOW!

Uncle James was known for being ridiculously handsome — which we can all see — but I never knew he fought in WW2?!

An excerpt from Uncle James 1994 Obituary:

He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army in the Amphibious Tank Corp as a mechanic. He was in the D-Day Normandy Beachhead in France, 1945. His Battalion was one of the first to invade the shore, and they suffered many casualties; he also served in Germany when the war ended. He received an Honorable Discharge and received numerous meritorious awards.

How cool is that?!

Of course, I couldn’t learn  of all this FABULOSITY & not start snooping around for his military service records! Lucky me {no pun intended!:-} I found the 1943 Cincinnati Enlistment record for  Uncle James!

Okay, now I just won’t be satisfied until I find a picture of Uncle James in uniform!

Stay tuned…

James & Mary BARWICK

Uncle James BARWICK & Wife, Mary
Rensler’s Photography Studio, Cincinnati, Ohio