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Mrs. Horace Holmes Receives
Two Leiters From Her
At the front.
September 9, 19IS.
My Dear frife:
Just a few lines to let you know
that I am doing fine and do truly
hope you are enjoying your dear self '
to the highest.
I have been up to the front for
some time and I like to be up close
to the big guns. Sometime things
get real lively up there but you can't I
be a soldier if you can't stand the !
powder, so I am trying to get used
to it. This is no joke-I certainly1
didn't feel safe at all the ?r?t nigrft.
I could not think of sleeping at all,
but new the roar of the guns just
puts me to sleep just as" anyone j
would rock a baby to sleep. Now you I
can believe your part about that tale !
We have been attacked by gas sev-j
eral times but no damage done for j
we are always "on the job" ?nd in
fact we are too quick for the Ger
man boys, for wc think about them
when they are asleep.
Ora, 1 have had the pleasure of
seeing some good ajr raids and al
most every time out- American boys
bring the German planes down. I tell
you the Germans put up a good
fight, but you well know they can't
do anything with tlfe Americans, can
I am in hopes of being back home
before long for 1 just came over to
help the boys clean up the Germans
and then come back to my dear wife
and loved ones. So I don't think it
will be very long before we can com
plete our work or that is what we
are hoping with all our hearts, and
I do truly hope we won't be disap
pointed, don't you?
Well, tell all I will write as soon
as I get a chance. Give my love to
Your devoted husband.
Tuesday A. M.
My Dear Ora:
I am again writing you a few lines
this morning to "put in with the one
I wrote you yesterday as I did not
have a chance to get it off and we
are going to move to another point.
As *I do not know when I will have
the opportunity I am going to. make
good use of this.
a cnance to take one in over two
weeks for you see we do not have
very many bath houses up where I
am staying. They would starid a poor
fiance up here when shells begin to j
Ora, tell Louis and all the rest of j
the family I will write them some j
time but day time is the only time
I have to sleep and some days I do :
not get that. Now you can see what
we are doing but I guess you can I
understand why we are working so |
hard-we are going to soon be back
home and won't that be a happy day! j
I say it viii.
You asked me something about j
whether I am geting your mail. ? ;
receive anywhere from five on up of |
your letters every mail day, but you
understand that day does not come
every day. You should see what a
happy bunch of boys we are when
we receive mail from home. I know
there could never be any happier
'boy than I am when mail day comes
and I get your letters.
Give my love to all thc family and
tell them not to worry about me for
I have a good chance to come back
without a wound. I am trusting in
the right One to take care of me. I
don't care where I am placed for
you well know we have got to go to
places where it isn't very safe but
I feel like I am going to be one of
the lucky ones. Ora, I have several
' things I would like to tell you but I
don't know how they suit in mail so
I will find out before saying any
Well, I will close.
Your devoted husband,
Mr. John E. Agner Writes Let
ter to His Sister.
August 12, 1918.
My Dear Sister:
How are you getting on? I hope
you are well as this leaves me feel
ing fine. Dear Sister, I received your
last letter that you wrote me but did
not have time to answer it before
I started over here.
I am sailing somewhere on the sea.
Since I started you don't know how
many times I have thought of you.
We had such a nice time together.
How many times have played the
rig Leiters From Our
harp while you seconded on the pia
! no. Ican't help thinking of you but
j I think our happy days have passed
; and gene.
? wrote Mother and Father a let
ter today. Sallie I never will forget
the last time I was at your home and
the nice breakfast you fixed for me.
I certainly hope it will be so that I
can get back to see you all soon
again. Tell Brother John "Howdy"
for me, and Uncle Johnnie, too. I
am a long way from home but am
hoping some day to get back.
I can't think of anything much to
write this time. You must write me
all the good news. What does Uncle
Johnnie think about the war?
Well, I will have to close for this
time. With much love to you. Answer
Your loving brother,
John E. Agner.
P. S. Write every chance you get.
You don't know how much I enjoy
getting a letter from you and Mother.
Mr. Hampton Medlock Writes
to His Parents from France.
August 2li, 1918.
Dear Father and Mother:
This letter leaves me well and hope '
it will find you the same. I just re- !
ceived your kind and loving letter :
a few days ago and was surely glad |
to hear from you all. I wish I could :
see you all today. Please write to
me and tell me if you are still living ?
and getting on well. Tell me how the
cotton and corn are and how the
Let me know if you are still get
ting my allotment. Have you heard
from George? Tell me where he is 1
and what Tie is doing. How are Sister
and Jim getting along? I am glad ]
that Henry did not have to go. h
When you see Aunt Emma and ?
Uncle Matt and Henry tell them that ;
I send my love to them all. If you ?
know where George is tell him that ;
I say for him to please write to me. ;
Tell him to remember God and his ;
soul's salvation. I am the same old ,
boy that I used to be and ?I feel that.:
I am better prepared to meet God ,
than ever before. If you never see .
me again don't worry about me for,
I feel that each day is bringing sal- i
vation to me. The fear of battles
does not worry me: The thing that ,
worries me is to see the human racp .
Your loving son, i
Mr. Claude Watkins Writes
Somewhere on the Atlantic Ocean.
My Dearest Mother:
I am sitting out on top deck of the
ship, where I have been spending
most of my time since I came aboard.
As this is Sunday afternoon my j
thoughts drift back to oid-Saluda and ,
Edgefield county, especially around ;
Pleasant Lane where I would probab
ly be going if I were at home.
Well, so far we have had a good
trip, the weather has been good and j
! the sea very -calm. To my surprise I
never did get sea-sick and there were
\ only a few of the boys who did. How
jever, I am geting tired of looking at
'nothing but water, water, water morn
j ing, night and noon and I hope we
j will not have to spend very many
: more davs on water. I have seen
?some very peculiar looking fish and
?water animals but not as many as I
?expected to see. Looking for them
is too much like rabbit hunting at
? home for me-that is, some day we
.would not see a fish.
The Y. M. C. A. man is doing a
j great work on the boats and keeps
I busy furnishing entertainment for
?the soldiers in the way of moving
! pictures, good books to read, check
er boards and various games. I have
?spent many hours back in one corner
Inlaying checkers, which, as you
know, is my favorite game. If I had
only had "A. P." to play with me of
course I would have enjoyed it more.
Like most of the boys, I have
caught myself gazing out across the
deep blue sea several times, perfect
ly unconscious' of everything that
was going on about me, as I was
back home, walking over the crop,
talking with the hands, planning my
work for the future, and amidst it
all was your dear face-but I must
forget all of these things now, and
concentrate my mind on one and on
ly one thing, and that is, of course,
helping to win the war. Then when
it is all over I can come back and
live with a clear conscience, that I
have done my part. There is a
chance of my not coming back. Nev
erth?less, if I die on the battle fieTd
I die with honor, for the liberty and
freedom of you all at home and* I
want you all to feel that way abolit
it. While I am going over with the
intention of coming back some day,
I am going to live the life that I
would not mind the world knowing.
I am not going to do anything that
would grieve you. I give you my
word and honor on this. There is ab
solutely no excuse for any man going
wrong in the army. Uncle Sam is
making e/iry effort to protect the
young men that come in. the army,
with a good morale, and to reform
those that have adready formed bad
I am anxious to hear from you
all. How is James getting along with
the farm? And how docs the cro'p
look? I am anxious to know. You
must write me often and freely, all
the news-the little happenings
around home will be very interesting
to me, thousands of miles away from
home and loved ones. That naturally
makes me appreciate home and the
news more. ~
I feel very optimistic over the
war. now. Everything has been com
ing our way for several months and
I believe wc will soon put the ''fix
ings'" to "Kaiser Bill."
Give my regards to everybody.,'
Love to you and James.
Your devoted son,
Mr. W. E. Morgan'Writes Let
ter to His Father.
September 1, 19 IS.
As today i> Sunday will drop you
i few 'lines. I wrote "Toad" a letter
some few days ago and I guess she
will get it by the time this one
leaves France. I will try to write
twice every week if not oftener.
We are drilling real hard and when
I have the time to write I don't feel
like it. We are getting plenty to eat
and have a good place to stay. There
are only a few people living in the
little village where we are and they
are poor people. But they are as
nice to us as can be. We buy milk
from them every day as they have
lots df good cows. They'have some'
of the finest milk cows I have ever
seen. Y'ou know how Cousin Jim Gil
christ's big cows look. Every one of
these is just like his best ones.
How's everything around home?
Guess your cotton has begun to open
by now. Hope you will make a good
crop this year and get a good price
_ ciiice l
left the States? but am expecting to
every day. With love to all. As ever,
Your devoted son,
Corporal W. B. Morgan.
Miss Deadis Dow Received Let
ter From Her Soldier Cou
September 22, 1918.
Camp Jackson, S. C.
My Dearest Cousin:
I will write you a few lines to let
you hear from me. This leaves me
all O. K. and hope to find you the
I was more than glad today when
I received letters from you, Bertha,
Maggie and my dear mother. Y'ou
don't know how much good it does
me to get letters from home folks.
Well, the boys got the outfit for
the band today so we will have some
music now. There is one boy here in
the camp who has been to France.
He is now back to train the boys and
he says that it isn't so bad in France,
no worse than it 'is here.
I told my officers today that I was
a .good hand to run. They said that
was what they wanted and that I
would be one in the race if the Ger
mans got after us. We certainly have
good officers. I haven't heard any of
them say a word that they ought not
Deadis, I haven't felt very sad but
once since I have been here and that
was when I got word that Grand
mother was so sick. That was the
first time she was sick and I could not
go to see her. I tried to come and that
was all I could do. If I never meet
her on earth again I will meet her in
heaven some day and it will be a
glorious day for me.
If I could see you I could tell you
something that would make you feel
good. Don't you all worry about me
for I am all right. I don't worry about
anything. Just take everything to the
Lord in prayer and it will work out
well in the future.
Well, I have about written all the
news I know for this time. I will
write Sadie a few lines and send it
with your letter. Write again soon.
Give my love to all and take your
Your loving cousin,
Pressley E.. Doolittle.
You are readilpgUrogiy day of our
boys over there^^iarTershing's divis
ions chargin^>ii|(t the blasting fire
of the Bop^treii^hes; of small de
tachmenissmashi^ig their way from
house tb house through ruined vil
lages; of single-handed deeds of sac
rifice and valor. i.\
They knovv that all America is back of
them; they know that they can count on us at
home to send them all the guns and supplies
they need to win.
There is only one way we can do it.
\ '-- All of us must work and save and
.- ' buy Liberty Bonds, with our whole
souls, the way our men are
fighting over there T
No less will win. There is no other
way to provide the money the Gov
ernment must have. No other stand
ard can make the Fourth Liberty
Loan a Success.
Lend the way they fight -
Buy Bonds to your utmost
?^^^^^^^^S TS rs space con?ribuk? io Winning the war by ^mmm^mmm^^ j
EDGEFIELD, S. C.
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