Camp Sherman Days

A 100th Year Commemoration Honoring The Sacrifice So Many Made During WWI

What Was Camp Sherman?

Camp Sherman was a World War I training camp (or cantonment) built on Ross County farm land just north of Chillicothe, Ohio.  The initial camp required over 2000 wood structures and was constructed in just three short months.  This miraculously constructed “City of Soldiers” had all of the facilities and staff of any modern city at the time and was ready to accept 40,000 new National Army draftees by September, 1917.

The Army at Camp Sherman

The first unit to train here was the 83rd Infantry Division under the command of General Edwin Glenn.  Civilian men, ages 21 to 31, were transformed into highly trained soldiers.  During their training, they endured some of the most extreme winter weather on record.   In June, 1918, they were shipped to France.  They were followed by two more army divisions (the 84th and 95th plus three regiments of the 92nd Buffalo Division).

During these days, Camp Sherman maintained a regular army training cadre and civilian support staff of hundreds more.  After the first 40,000 men of the 83rd, an estimated 80,000 more soldiers processed through Camp Sherman going to or returning from the war.  In addition to the lives lost in battle, almost 1200 military personnel lost their lives to the influenza pandemic that occurred in late 1918.

Your Connection to Camp Sherman

You may have had family or friends, either military or civilian who spent time at Camp Sherman.  Or, you may be a prior or current member of the military who appreciates the sacrifice it takes to be a soldier.  Or, you may be just a military history buff who wants to learn more.  During the 100th anniversary of the opening of Camp Sherman, we wish to remember the sacrifices of World War One soldiers and their contributions to America’s freedom.  We invite you to revisit the times and sites where they tirelessly trained and enjoyed free time as we honor their memory.