Mississippians in the Great War: Selected Letters (Paperback)

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Mississippians in the Great War: Selected Letters (Paperback)

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Even Mississippi textbooks rarely mention the part Mississippi men and women played in World War I. Mississippians in the Great War presents in their own words the story of Mississippians and their roles. This body of work divides into five sections, each associated with crucial dates of American action. Comments relating to various military actions are interspersed throughout to give the reader a context of the wide variety of experiences. Additionally, where possible, Anne L. Webster provides information on the soldier or sailor to show what became of him after his service.

Webster examined newspapers from all corners of the state for "letters home," most appearing in newspapers from Natchez, Greenville, and Pontotoc. The authors of the letters gathered here are from soldiers, aviators, sailors, and relief workers engaged in the service of their country. Letter writing skills varied from citizens of minimal literacy to those who would later become published authors and journalists.

These letters reflect the experiences of green, young Mississippians as they endured training camp, voyaged across the Atlantic to France, and participated in horrific battles leaving some scarred for life. To round out the picture, Webster includes correspondence from nurses and YMCA workers who describe drills, uniforms, parades, and celebrations.
Anne L. Webster (formerly known as Anne S. Lipscomb) is retired director of reference services at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. She is coauthor (with Kathleen S. Hutchison) of Tracing Your Mississippi Ancestors, published by University Press of Mississippi. She has published two other genealogical works, along with a compilation of sermons from Jackson's Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church.

Product Details ISBN: 9781496812247
ISBN-10: 1496812247
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication Date: August 25th, 2016
Pages: 256
Language: English