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Catalog Number 1982.83.57a
Object Name Letter
Accession number 1982.83
Description Full transcription of text follows:


[Russian Y.M.C.A letterhead] Feb – 1912 [sic 1918] Dear Ma - : I Rec’d your two Letters of [December] 11 and 25 very glad to hear from you. I am well just came out of the Front Line Life in the trenches is in a class by it’s self. they are pretty muddy in places the duties there are quite strenous at times we are haveing fine weather. If the “Birth of a nation” music could be played at some times on the Front there wouldent be any need of the Lympina and drums I hope you are well I want Somers to practise as


much as possible because I dont want to pay for lessons and have her not get full benefit of the time she puts in I am writeing to Mrs Slagle and will send her $15 next pay-day when ever that is I dont think the winters are quite as cold here but one feeles the cold worse our Band is all broke up now suppose we will get to-gether again. I heard from Pearl She is well. There is a Phonograph playing behind me a record violin and Piano shure makes me


[Russian Y.M.C.A. letterhead] home sick for a minute. I hope I get to play my violin again This is a great war “If you dont weaken” I like to see the airplane fights they are interesting well I must close I cant write much or very often as I dont feel like it. With Love Walter [censor signature]

From the service of Private Walter G. Shaw, 18th Infantry Band, 1st Division. With band tour of Italy 2-3/18. Gassed at Cantigny 5/4/18. Died at No. Charpentry in the Argonne.
Date February 12, 1918
Year Range from 1918
Year Range to 1918
People Shaw, Walter
Subjects World War I
Letters (Home)
Trench warfare
Military life