19163 En Route to Camp after Leaving Transport, Newport News
In this view you see the Virginia Blues disembarking from the transport Agamemnon. From here they went to a camp where they were demobilized.
After the war was over it seemed as if the American people could hardly wait until the boys came home. The returning transports were met by great crowds eager to give the soldiers the welcome they deserved. The thrill and joy that is seldom felt in a lifetime came to men and women when they first caught sight of the soldier they had come to meet. Sometimes they cheered and cheered, but almost as often they were perfectly silent, hearts too full and tears too near to make a sound. Then they returned home to prepare a wonderful reception for their boy when he should reach home.
Newport News is on the James River twelve miles north by west from Norfolk. It has a fine harbor. Founded in 1882, it grew very rapidly and by 1900 had become one of our leading seaports, standing ninth in tonnage entered and cleared in foreign trade. It had excellent shipping facilities,two dry docks, a shipyard, lumber mills, iron worksand coal wharves.
Copyright Keystone View Company
|Collection||NCHS Military Collection|
|Title||En Route to Camp After Leaving Transport|
|Source||Lozano, Jesus & Elizabeth|