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History -  The U.S. Marshals during War War I:

Internment of Enemy Aliens

Thumbnail version of World War I wanted poster

Thumbnail of form of Presidential Arrest WarrantThe arrest and internment in Army camps of suspicious enemy aliens was not done under the authority of the U.S. courts, but under the authority of presidential arrest warrants. These warrants commanded the U.S. Marshals to arrest the specified individual and deliver him to the internment camps at Hot Springs, North Carolina, Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, and other places.  Once in the camps, the prisoners were in the custody of the Army, unless they escaped.

The pictures of camp life show some of the activities of the prisoners at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. The captions were written at the time by Justice Department officials who visited the camps.

Interior view of one of  the prison camp barracks.

 

 

 

 

 

Their chief occupation was gardening.  The vegetables from these gardens went to the general mess.

 

 

 

 

Their chief sport was volleyball.  Picture shows ball in the air.

 

 

 

 

 

The prison as it looked from the road draws many sightseers from all parts of the United States.

 

 

 

Prisoner of War camp photo of machine gun post

Should the outbreak be more than one prisoner, the machine gun was always ready.

 

 

 

 

 

Continued:

 Page One | Two: Registration/Arrest of Aliens | Three: Internment of Enemy Aliens

 
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