WWI menu cover - Camp Wadsworth
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 Charleston County Library

CHARLESTON, S.C. - During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation declaring the third Thursday in November to be a "day of thanksgiving and praise."

From its start in 1863, Thanksgiving has always held a special meaning to those who served in the Armed Forces. Spending a family-focused holiday away from home is difficult, and the Thanksgiving meal on base and at sea help bring together troops and ward off the feelings of homesickness. 

As a result, there are a number of Thanksgiving Day menus in library archives around the country, including a meal for the troops station in South Carolina. The troops of Company C in the 107th Infantry at Camp Wadworth in Spartaburg, South Carolina, in 1917, were treated to a traditional Thanksgiving spread -- just like their families at home.

Take a look at the menu, currently in the digital archives at the Spartanburg County Public Libraries:

Grape Fruit a la Wadsworth
Tomato Bisque
Queen Olives
Bleaches Celery
Pin Money Pickles
Roast Vermont Turkey
Wilson Dressing
Cranberry Sauce
Candided Yams
Mashed Potatoes
Creamed Corn
Waldorf Fruit Salad
Thanksgiving Plum Pudding
Brandy Sauce
American Cheese
Water Wafers 
Bananas
Oranges
Apples
Mixed Nuts
Green Tea
Java Coffee
Hershey's Cocoa
ROot Beer
Dixie Flip
Cigars
Cigarettes 

The meal, according to the menu, was prepared by Mess Sgt. J. Reimhardt and cookes A. Stevens, WJ Garvin, JL Foy, and D. Hohenrath, Jr.