Title: Camp Taft mess hall, Chickamauga Park, Alabama National Guardsmen, 1908

Catalog Number: 2017.059.0001

Date (Years): 1908


Two white men and two African American men stand at the corner of a wooden structure with numerous, large windows. “Mess” is written across the door of the wooden structure. The two white men are dressed in medium color pants, light colored shirts with the sleeves rolled up, and brimmed hats. The man second from the left is identified as John Ryan Jackson on the verso. One African American man is wearing a bright white jacket and has his right arm raised and resting on the door frame. The other African American man is wearing a light colored shirt with a dark placket at the neck. He is holding his arms behind his back.
The space around the mess hall is cleared and through the windows of the mess hall you can see several tall tents in the background. “Camp Taft Chickamauga Park” is written at the bottom on the decorative matboard. The matboard has lost areas of its top coat with a large area missing at the lower left.

In 1908, the Alabama National Guardsmen of the 3rd Infantry Regiment was stationed at Camp Taft in Chickamauga Park in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia.

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