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Catalog Number 2003.90.26
Object Name Correspondence
Accession number 2003.90
Description Letter home to Papa from Philo Holcomb Jr. from Souilly, France.
Starts with saying he is in charge of the telegraph office at the First American Army headquarters and that his profession is an "electrician". Then goes into saying the war ended "amid great cheering the other day" and discussing the possibility of being among the first to come back. Discusses being in Chateau Thierry and how much destruction there was of the country. Also discusses being North of Verdun and the destruction there and how the city of 500,000 had dwindled down to no more than one thousand. Talks about wanting to be home to eat Christmas dinner with the family. Then moves into talking about different places he's stayed and beds he's slept in. Ends the letter with telling his father that he and his mother need to take care of themselves and not get the Spanish Flu.
Date November 24, 1918
People Holcomb, Philo Jr.
Subjects World War I
Communications
Communication
Correspondence
Flu
Destruction & pillage
Villages
War destruction & pillage
War damage
Letters (Home)
Letter Writing
Beds
Search Terms First Army
Scale 1 inch = 10 miles