Letters Home: Searcy Garnett at Camp Meigs

From the May 2, 1918 Skidmore News, page 8:

From “Searcy” Garnett.
Camp Meigs, April 23, 1918.
Skidmore News: —

I want to thank you for sending me the paper which I assure you I appreciate.

Camp Meigs is located in the District of Columbia, in the northeast section of the city of Washington. The soldiers here are all Quarter Masters, of whom there are about 2,000 in this camp. It is a new camp, being built since the war with Germany has commenced. It is a classification camp. After you are classified, you stay here until you are called to some other camp where you are put to work at your trade or profession.

There are more places of interest located in Washington than any other city in the United States. I have visited the capitol building, senate offices, congressional library, white house, national museum, Washington monument, the national cemetery at Arlington, Virginia, and several other places of national repute.

Airplanes are so numerous, here, people who have lived here long, hardly look up when they go over.

I had the pleasure, Sunday, of seeing the British tank, Brittania. This tank was one of the first used in the war. The soldiers who man this tank are the same that had charge of it in France.

I was helping keep the crowd back for the tank to cross a bridge when President Wilson and wife drove by in an auto. they had to stop directly in front of me, so I had a good view of them.

Yours, S. B. Garnett,
Camp Meigs, 5th and Florida Ave., N.E., Washington, D.C.