Camp Sherman Ohio

campsherman.jpgPresident Woodrow Wilson committed United States armed forces to engage the Germans in World War I, The Great War, the war to end all wars, on April 6, 1917. On June 8, 1917, word was passed to the Chillicothe committee that Chillicothe was selected to be one of 32 training sites, the third largest in the country. Approximately 2,000 acres of land were purchased for $20 an acre: $5 coming from donations that the Chillicothe committee had raised to supplement the government share.
The construction contract was awarded to A. Bentley & Sons of Toledo, Ohio. Construction began on June 28, 1917, and the camp was commissioned on August 27, 1917, by Major General E. F. Glenn. Camp Sherman was nearly 95% complete in September and could house 40,000 men and 10,000 horses and mules in 2,000 nearby buildings. A total of 124,502 soldiers passed through Camp Sherman. The addition of Camp Sherman nearly quadrupled the size of Chillicothe.