History - The U.S. Marshals during War War I:
Internment of Enemy Aliens
The 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.
Should the outbreak be more than
one prisoner, the machine gun was always ready.
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