A Barrack Street at Is-sur-Tille

A Barrack Street at Is-sur-Tille

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Charcoal and watercolor sketch on paper. The work depicts barracks at Is-sur-Tille, France during World War I. Two rows of single-story pitch-roofed barrack buildings line the sides of a dirt street with telephone or telegraph wires overhead.
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War Department
Smith, J. Andre
France: Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Is-sur-Tille
Physical Description
charcoal (overall production method/technique)
watercolor (overall production method/technique)
paper (overall material)
sketch with frame: 12 1/16 in x 15 15/16 in; 30.63875 cm x 40.48125 cm
sketch without frame: 9 5/16 in x 12 3/8 in; 23.65375 cm x 31.4325 cm
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War Department. Historical Branch of the General Staff
World War I
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
World War I Art
Combat Art
Official Art from the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I
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National Museum of American History
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This camp was the focus of an investigation by U.S. Senator Watson of Georgia in 1921/22 in regard to multiple hangings of prisoners without trial. The Department of the Army was quoted in the Oregon Journal of 8 January 1922 as stating that only one hanging took place. The Portland newspaper's source was a veteran of Co B, 58th Engineers who lived in Oregon.
I have been researching Is-sur-Tille and the American's Camp Williams, a Services of Supply depot, and just found this image (via the internet). The barracks depicted are probably of Camp Williams. My grandfather, Lawson Courtney Carter, served there as part of the quartermaster operations. He kept a scrapbook of photos, documents, postcards, and other artifacts (some of which are of the family back home); there are many images of Camp Williams' various structures in his book!
Janet -- Thanks for those, I'm heading over to read them now. I married a French woman 20 years ago and moved out here to the French countryside a few years back...about 10 minutes from Is-sur-Tille. I'm also former US Army and the old site of the camp at Is-sur-Tille was one of my first discoveries of the area. This year, my sons and I will be representing the US at several Armistice celebrations -- I'll be sure to have my boys read your grandfather's letters as well. Once again, thanks for those! Smithsonian -- Are there copies of this print available for purchase? --Jeff
My grandfather, Joel C. Swisher, was stationed at Is-sur-Tille with the 25th Engineers, Company B, which was tasked with constructing barracks such as those depicted here. He was at Is-sur-Tille from late December 1917 to the end of June 1918. I am publishing his letters home from the war, each 100 years after it was written, at https://sincerelyjoelcswisher.net.

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