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Camp Greene: Charlotte's Role in WWI



Camp Greene was a WWI boot camp located between Wilkinson Boulevard and Tuckaseegee Road. Charlotte sent a delegation to Washington to lobby to have the camp built in the area. The city's campaign won out over Fayetteville, NC,Wilmington NC, Syracuse, NY, and Athens, GA. 
 
In July 1917, construction began on the camp, and by September the first soldiers were housed in tents. The camp created economic growth for the city by providing jobs for civilians to build the infrastructure needed to house over 65,000 soldiers. Most of these troops were from New England and Western states.
 
The camp was dismantled in July 1919 after the war ended. Today, only the Dowd House and remnants of a few buildings remain in the area.
 
J. Murrey Atkins Special Collections contains the book The echo of the bugle call: Charlotte's role in World War I , the Jack Dillard collection of Camp Greene photographs 1917, as well as the film City of Canvas: the story of Camp Greene produced by Dillard.
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