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Dear Ms. LaGasse,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a number of records related to the 1st Gas Regiment. These records are in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2). To access these records contact email@example.com.
We searched online and located The Story of the First Gas Regiment written by regimental chaplain James Thayer Addition and published in 1919. This book provides a very detailed history of the regiment, to include photographs, maps, casualty lists, award citations, lists of officers and men, and quotes from official records. The picture you have shared can be found, split into two parts, on this page with the caption “Supply and Headquarters Company, Third and Fourth Battalions.”
According to page 201, Third and Fourth Battalions were organized at Camp Sherman, Chillicothe, Ohio. There is a brief reference to George C. Lore of Buckeye Lake in War Expenditures: Hearings, United States. Congress. House. Select committee on Expenditures in the War Department in testimony concerning concessions for commercial photographers at Camp Sherman.
We searched Ancestry and located the World War I Draft Registration Card for George C Lore, born 23 February 1875, who lived in Buckeye Lake, Licking County, Ohio and was employed in Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio as a photographer (see below). Ancestry has additional records related to him, such as listings in city directories and federal censuses. Ancestry can be accessed free of charge at any National Archives facility. Some libraries also make it available to their patrons for free, so we recommend checking with your local public and university libraries. OR you may obtain a copy of the WWI Draft Registration Card from the National Archives at Atlanta via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U.S. Army Center of Military History, the Chemical Corps Regimental Association, the US Army Chemical Corps Museum, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, the Ohio Military Museum, and the Ross County Historical Society may have additional information about the 1st Gas Regiment and Camp Sherman. The Ross County Historical Society may have additional information about George C. Lore’s photography business.
For information about how to properly care for photographs, please see our How to Preserve Family Archives (papers and photographs) page. If you are interested in donating the photograph to a cultural institution that can preserve the photograph and make it available to the public, we would recommend contacting the organizations listed above.
We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
I am pleased and impressed. Thank you, sir, so much . . . for such a detailed response.
I am very grateful and will follow all of the leads that you posted.
Your reply is certainly above and beyond anything I expected.
I will have to do something with it very soon, as everything I have is currently being sold. This has always seemed special because of the “My Army” inscription. I would Have to take it out of the frame to see if there Is additional information written on the back or if I could figure out who wrote that and who owned it. If I were the family of the gentleman I would certainly want it!
Once again, I am baffled at how to do that ?..aside from removing the back, frame etc,
and I am reticent to do that as I don’t want to harm the photo.
Again, many thanks.
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Dear Ms. LaGasse,
Thank you for posting your follow-up request on History Hub.
If you are concerned about damaging the photograph, we suggest that you can consult a professional conservator. The American Institute for Conservation has a database you can use to locate a conservator in your area.
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