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Monuments, Memorials & Historic Sites

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Fannin Co. – Veterans Memorial Park – Blue Ridgezoom
Old Highway 76 & Aska Connector
Blue Ridge
GA
USA
30513
November 9, 2002
Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch

Multiple monument park with an individual monolith for each war.   13 Fannin County names are inscribed on the WW1 monument.  Vietnam era helicopter on display in park.  

 
Fayette Co. – Fayetteville – Veterans Memorialzoom
200 Courthouse Square
Fayetteville
GA
USA
30214
Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch

Granite memorial adjacent to the historic 1825 Fayette County Courthouse.
It honors those that died in WW1, WWII, Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Three names are listed for WW1.

Inscription: Erected by the citizens of Fayette County in honor of our veterans who served in the armed forces of the United States of American and as a lasting memorial to these gallant servicemen who gave their lives that we may live in peace. The emblems of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars all are inscribed.

 
Floyd Co. - Cave Springs - Veterans Memorialzoom
Broad Street
Cave Spring
GA
USA
30124
Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch

Description:  Memorial plaza with monuments for individual wars, and with personal inscribed bricks.  An obelisk for WW1 is part of the plaza.

Inscription:  “Dedication in honor of all the veterans of Cave Springs who served in the armed services of their country.”

 
Floyd Co. - Rome - American Grave of the Known Soldierzoom
Rome
GA
USA
30161
Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch
The grave of Private Charles Graves.

A beautiful gravesite of memorial brick pavers and guarded by two machine guns.  Graves was selected as the national "Known" soldier.  He died and was buried in France during World War I. His body was later disinterred and moved to the United States, selected to be buried at Arlington Cemetery alongside the Unknown Soldier. His mother later had his body brought home to Rome where he was buried in the family plot, and finally was reinterred by the American Legion at Myrtle Hill Cemetery. His grave is the center of the New Veterans Walkway.
 
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Floyd Co. - Rome - WWI Memorialzoom
Carnegie Building 607 Broad Street
Rome
GA
USA
30161
Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch

Marble vertical stone with rare relief lettering.

Inscription: “In Memorial to the Young Men of Floyd County who responded to their country’s call in the 1917 Worlds War 1919 - In memory of those who gave their lives.”
Thirty-seven names are inscribed on this memorial.

 
Fort Benning -- National Infantry Museumzoom
Fort Benning
Columbus
GA
USA
31905

The national-level museum of all of the wars in which the United States has participated and a memorial to the infantry soldiers who served.  Experience more than two centuries of infantrymen’s service and sacrifice in immersive exhibits that put you in the midst of the battle.  

 
Fort Gordon -- U.S. Signal Corps Museumzoom
504 Chamberlain Avenue
Augusta
GA
USA
30905
http://signal.army.mil/OLD/history/museum.html
Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch
This military museum provides a permanent WW1 exhibit.  Highlights include “The Hello Girls” and “The Pigeon Service”.  
 
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Fort McPhersonzoom
1518 Stovall Lane SW
Atlanta
GA
USA
30310
Founded in 1885 and closed in 2011 under the Base Realignment and Closure Act of 2005, Fort McPherson was used as an internment camp for German POWs during World War I.  It also housed a base hospital, General Hospital No. 6; and was the site of an officers' training camp.  Immediately to the west of the post, across Campbellton Road, a war prison barracks was established to confine German POWs. The prison camp reached a peak population of 1,411 in July 1918.  The secretary of war directed that the permanent barracks of Fort McPherson be made available for general or base hospital use June 23, 1917. The command of the post was turned over to the ranking medical officer and Fort McPherson transformed itself into a general hospital with a capacity of nearly 2,400 beds. It is estimated that more than 10,000 patients were admitted from August 1917 until December 1918.

 

 
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Fort Oglethorpezoom
Fort Oglethorpe
GA
USA
30742
Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch

Opened in 1904, Fort Oglethorpe was an Army post for cavalry training in World War I, and also housed some 4,000 German prisoners of war and civilian detainees.  During World War I and World War II, it became a war-time induction and processing center. During World War II, it was a major training center for the Women’s Army Corps.  After its closure in 1946, the fort became the nucleus of the current town of Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia.

 

 
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Fort Screvenzoom
Meddin Drive at Tybee Light
Tybee Island
GA
USA
31328
http://visittybee.com/what-to-see-and-do/attractions/fort-screven/
Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch

     In 1786, the Georgia Legislature approved the creation of a fort on Cockspur or Tybee Island, to be named in honor of Revolutionary War hero General James Screven. The fort was never built by the state, but in 1808 the property fell under the jurisdiction of the Federal government as the Fort Screven Reservation.

     In 1855, the government approved building Fort Screven on the north end of Tybee to provide modern coastal defense. Six poured-concrete, low-profile gun batteries (named for war heroes) and a minefield were ordered for Tybee along with hundreds of other military buildings. From 1897 to 1947 the fort was an integral part of America’s Coastal Defense system. Troops stood guard on Tybee through the Spanish American War of 1898, World War I and World War II. The Fort was closed in 1947 and sold to the City of Tybee and tourism returned as a major part of Tybee’s history. By the 1950s many of the fort’s buildings had been converted for use by private owners.

     In 1961, Battery Garland, the former gun battery and magazine for a 12-inch long-range gun, became the Tybee Island museum. A room that once stored six hundred pound projectiles and two hundred pound bags of gun powder, now holds the collections and exhibits of more than 400 years of Tybee Island history.  It is the location of the only shot fired in anger in Georgia during World War I.

     Today, the abandoned and silent concrete bunkers stand side-by-side with fine beachside homes. Visitors marvel at the private residences nestled atop the fort’s walls, the magnificent ocean and river views and the fort that played a role in so many phases of American history.

 

 

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Georgia World War I Centennial Commission

Contact: georgia@worldwar1centennial.org

Commission Members

  • Mr. Scott Delius, Atlanta
  • Mr. Rick Elder, Sylvania
  • Mr. Samuel Friedman, Atlanta
  • Mr. Thomas Lacy, Peachtree City (vice-chair)
  • Dr. John Morrow, Athens
  • Dr. Billy Wells, Dahlonega (Chair)

Executive Director:

Dr. Thomas H. Jackson, Jr., University System of Georgia

Federal Commissioner for Georgia

Dr. Monique Seefried, Atlanta

Commission Associates

  • Dr. Lamar Veatch, University of North Georgia
  • Mr. Keith Antonia, University of North Georgia

 

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Future Meetings:

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