Company B, 48th Infantry Regiment, at Camp Sevier, S.C. in
I apologize for the poor quality and size of the photograph, but it is taken
from a microfilm copy of the October 5, 1918, edition of the Camp Sevier
AND CAMP newspaper, published by the Army YMCA
with the cooperation of The Greenville Daily News under the auspices of the
National War Works
Council, YMCA of the United States. Beyond the short caption, there was no
article to accompany
the photo. One can just make out the uniforms of campaign hats, leggings,
and tents in the background.
Interview with WW1 48th Veteran
In 1983, the Department of the Army sent questionnaires to WWI veterans in a WW1
project. The following is one
response from Homer Lucas, an 18 year old farmer from Iowa,
enlisted in January 1918 to D Co. 48th Inf.
Why did you enlist?
President Wilson's call for volunteers, the German sinking of our ships,
and the rumored slaughter of civilians.
Where did you train as a recruit?
Camp Hill, Hampton Roads, VA
What were you trained in? Infantry, drilling,
guard duty, marksmanship, bayonet, signaling.
At what posts were you stationed during your service?
Camp Hill, Newport News, VA;
Camp Sevier, Greenville, S.C., and Camp Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
Did you have any unusual assignments?
Truck driving later
What was your opinion of the weapons you saw or used in
the service? Used both
Springfield rifle, and later the Enfield.
Old timers preferred the Springfield.
What were your opinions of the equipment, clothing and
rations you were issued?
O.D. uniforms too hot in the summer. Khaki too cold in the winter.
Rations were not too
bad, but we had to drink poor coffee at all meals.
Couldn't ask for water.
What did you think of the quality of leadership while you
were in the army? Captain
and non-coms O.K. Some lieutenants poor.
Do you recall any instances of particularly good or bad
leadership? When captain
gone a lieutenant was made the company stand at attention on toward an hour when
didn't hear call for retreat.
What did you think of the discipline at the time?
Strict but not harsh
Did you know of any reasons for desertion? Most
of us had volunteered for overseas service.
Our outfit kept on drill and guard duty the whole time.
One man A.W.O.L. but got across by
Was there much theft in your unit? Some mostly
by New York City recruits.
What form of off-duty recreation were common?
Volleyball, track competition.
How did you and your comrades get along with civilians in
the U.S.? O.K.
What did you think of the medical and supply services in the service?
Not too good. Rough,
stingy Supply Sergeants.
How was the health of your unit?
O.K. until flu struck in September. Then quarantine.
What did soldiers use their pay for?
Some liberty bonds and some sent home.
Otherwise travel on passes and furloughs.
Shooting dice and card games.
Was drinking a problem? with many.
If so, how was liquor obtained?
Uptown on week-end passes
Was there much gambling? Yes
If so, what types?
Shooting craps and poker
Do you recall any songs that were popular during your
military service? "Over
"There's a long long trail", "Good morning Mr. Zip"
Do you recall any military slag words or phases peculiar
to those time? "C.S.
"Altogether Boys, some --", Canned beef was "Canned Willie", Coffee was "Java"
Beef and vegetable stew was "Humgullion Stew"
Other bits of information from
the TRENCH AND CAMP:
48th Headquarters Company had a Bombers and Snipers Platoon. An
October 19, 1918
article indicates it was equipped with 1 pound trench mortars, and had a
sapper's section (Engineers)
in addition to snipers.
The 48th Regiment had a band which in addition to its normal
post duties, gave concerts in
Greenville, S.C. The band leader was named Mertent. (16 Nov 1918 edition).
postcard made of the band's photo is below. The back of the postcard simply
noted that it was the
48th Inf band, and does not indicate to whom the arrow was pointing.
The Daily Drill Schedule for Rifle Companies of the 48th at
Camp Sevier for the period October 28 to November 2, 1918 was as follows:
7:00 to 7:30 AM Company police
7:30 to 7:50 AM Setting-up Exercises - no rests
7:50 to 8:20 AM School of the Soldier and Squad
8:20 to 8:30 AM Rest - prepare strength report
8:30 to 9:30 AM School of the platoon
9:30 to 9:40 AM Rest
9:40 to 10:20 AM Bayonet and Grenade Instructions
10:20 to 10:30 AM Rest
10:30 to 11:30 AM Company or Battalion close order drill with the band
1:00 to 2:30 PM Musketry
2:30 to 2:40 PM Rest
2:40 to 3:25 PM Quickening exercises
3:25 to 3:40 PM Rest
3:40 to 4:00PM Company close order and Manual of Arms.
Battalion parades daily at 4:50 PM, Monday & Thursday 3rd Bn, Tuesday and Friday
2nd Bn, Wednesday 1st Bn.
Retreat at 5:00 PM daily
Formal Guard Mount daily except Saturday or Sunday immediately after parade.
At left is the cover and center of the Regiment's First
Anniversary Dinner program; June 1st, 1918. These images were made
possible by Nick Ludington, whose father, George was an officer of the Regiment,
and is listed on the reverse side. The menu lists all the officers
of the Regiment at the time. It shows the senior officers at the time:
Colonel Wm. F. Grote
Lt. Col. Colin H. Ball
Majors H.C.M. Supplee, B.J. Marshal
Cover of Thanksgiving Day Regimental Dinner.
Unfortunately, I bid on both these menu items on e-bay, but
did not win, but credit
these pictures to the seller.
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