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A Group of Interesting Letters From Our
Letter From Lieut. V/. D. Allen
to Mr. J. H. Allen.
Thursday, September 26, 1918.
My Dear Brother:
It is an easy matter to start a let
what may I shall try to do my bit
as a man and a soldier, and as you
would have me do. Please write often.
Cheer Anna and love her and Hord
for me. Give my regards to all my
friends, Sam Mays, Frank Reece, Ben
Talbert and Frontis Davis. Say the
ter but I find it a hard job to finish Germans will know that Edgefield is
one. There are so many things that
one would like to write about, and
still so few things that one can really
Think my outlook on life is diff?r
?rent from what it once was. I can
frame the nicest letters during the
dead hours of night, but during the
day my brain fails to work. We have
been under shell fife for two days
and nights. I have to use all the will
power I have not to dodge when I
hear the "Whiz Bang" coming. Wc
have been in one big drive and think
this is the beginning of another. Tell
Judge Brunson and the rest of the
Old War Horses that I have some
idea of what they had to .TO through.
Tell Mr. Tad Strom that there was , _
more heavy shell thrown in one night
of our big drive than was thrown dur
ing the entire four years. I have seen
men die, have been in gas attacks,
on the map when it's "over, over
here." Give my love to "Barb" and
"Man" and all the family. Tell them
all that I think of them all the time.
Tell them all to write. Lots of love
to you and all the rest. I am,
2nd Lt. Wad D! Allen,
Co. G, 105th Am. Tn.
American E F., via N. Y.
Letter to Miss Rhoberta. Bailey
From a Friend in Camp.
Columbia, S. C.
I am always so glad to hear from
anybody in dear old Edgefield and
it is all news to me. "Tee" and I are
still together and I certainly am
glad. I thought we would be gone by
this time but we are still at Camp
have been spattered with rocks and j Jackson,
dirt from shell fire, have pillowed TT and 1 are ?oin? to Columbia
my head on Mother Earth's broad ! tomorrow if nothing happens. Still,
bosom with no covering except a rain Te won't see much but it will rest us.
coat and the canopv of high heaven, j 1 certainly wish you all could see
Still God in his mercy has seen fit ?us drill. It would be a great show to
to spare me this long. No harm has >'ou and the music is j'ust fine- lt
come to me. Possiblv my hair is. just ! Takes you shake your feet. We will
a little grayer and the wrinkles in j leave sometime next week I guess,
mv face a little deeper, but could one We are g?in8 across tlie Pond-at
expect less when each dav presents ;least we are Som* to make a start
some new horror instituted by the*'Don't think we will ever have to go
"Hellish Hun,"in his mad dream of ?t? the ?ront- lt ma>r be a lons time
a conquered world? j before we can get home but the trip
As we bite decDer and deeper into be v'orth the time'
the country that has been occupied I Te2 has become s0 stout that *'ou
by "the Boche" one can see how won-!wouId hardl>' know him now- 1 cer
derful his defences were. I have ex-i^nly hope we can stay together for
plored the concrete dugouts of the
German officers and men. They had
everything that is necessary for a :
life of ease and comfort. And it all j
came from poor bleeding France. I
was in a town that had been in the
hands of the Germans for four years,
stopped at a house for water, and j
there was one old, old woman. She !
he has certainly been a friend to me
since we have been in the army. He
is a good boy.
As I hear the bugle I must close.
Don't write us any more until you
hear from us again. Will close for
Your soldier friend,
Earl A. Hammond.
was gathering up a few belongings1 -
and in broken English she tried to tell William G. Byrd Writes Inter
ine how live Boc-he officers had bf*?" : *
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ia looiceu alter tne nre. Wea, mat is
a very good picture of this country.
I see little children like "Barb"
x tua well and doing fine so
far. I have had some close calls but
the good Lord was with me.
I haven't heard from ail the home
and "Man" at play and each one has .
, * ^ , " bovs since we went up except V.'alter
a gas mask. They wear them ail the
time, ready at a moment's notice to
and Hezzie; they are all right. The
last letter I wrote you I said I was
put them on to protect them from_. - . T , . , . T
* . .. ... , , ^ , ?out for a rest as I thought, but I
went back that night. I tell you we
gave Jerry a good time. We carried
him back about ten miles and have
the deadly gas of the dreaded Boche
I wonder if there is peace any
where. It's the deep-throated roar of
the big guns, the sharp barking of
machine guns, the whir of aeroplanes,
the rumble of endless trucks, the
cursing of men, the rattle of harness
and the creaking of wagons and
guns! Oh, you hear this al! the time.
But it warms a man's heart to hear a !
whistle blow on a real honest to God ;
engine. To see a real standard gauge j
railroad and a big Jack painted gray !
and to know that it all came from !
still got him on the go. We captured
?train loads of prisoners. I hear we
?go out for a long rest today. I hope
j Yes, I have been in the place you
j mentioned in your letter. I certainly
would like to write you all about it
if I could. I know you have been aw
fully worried about me, but don't
worry for it is no use. I believe if
.anybody comes back I will be in the
the good old L. S. A. This, 1 think, Lunch
js the greatest job ever undertaken V- . A I_ ^ *^
f . 1 lon asked me about Elbert Dorn ;
by man. What a wonderful army, and j he is aU rjght j see him eyery day
It was a mistake about him and Man
son. I don't see how such news can
Mama, I am sending you some sou
enirs. I guess you will know where
I got them. I have lots more I would
like for you to see. How do you like
the looks of Jerry? Most of the "cut
ters" wear long frock tail coats. Tell
Uncle Nick Griffis I think I can talk
to him now.
I would like so much to tell you
all about this country. We have been
in some beautiful places and some
were not so pretty.
Mama, I certainly had some fun
last Sunday. Bill Parker and I went
out for a stroll and we went in to get
a French lady to cook us something
to eat. I thought we never would
make her understand what we want
ed. At last she took us to the garden
and the first thing she put her hand
on was cucumbers. Of course that
was the very thing I wanted. Gee,
they certainly were fine.
You spoke of the Xmas dinner. I
am looking forward to that, for I
tell you things are going our way
I certainly was glad to hear Papa
was better. You must make him take
care of himself. Ollie tells me they
are going to move to Georgia. I hope
they will like it ail right.
Well, it is raining today, but I
have a hole in the ground so am
keeping dry so far. Tell Uncle Char
to think, three thousand miles from
?ts base! Now understand this army
is self-sustaining. I will eat for sup
per tonight steak from a steer that
-was raised in the west, butchered in ?,.
Chicago, nut in cold storage and
shipped to Europe and "her sent to
the battle lines. This is just one
among many things that makes a
man proud that he is an American.
We have tasted blood and onw it's
a fight to the finish. Some dare devil
of an American hung this sign across
No Man's Land, "Boche, give your,
heart to God for your carcass belongs
It is late afternoon and we have
grim work before us tonight. My men
are lying around on the brow of a
hill watching an endless stream of
German prisoners pass. The proud
and boastful Prussian Guard has met
a foeman who is worthy of his steel.
I could v.Tite like this all day and
still not tell you anything of much
interest. I am only a cog in this great
big machine but I shall try to keep
this cog working right.
Your letters are a real inspiration
to me. You will never know how I
enjoy thom and the Edgefield papers.
Your letter dated August 14th was
received yesterday. I think the end is
not far distant. Only hope my good
luck will hold good to the end. I feel
sure that I will return safely and
that will be one happy day. I shall
try to take care of myself but come
lie and Uncle Walter I received their
letters O. K. and will answer the first
chance I get. Tell all the folks I
would like to write to them but I
don't have time to write to you as
often as I would like, for I know you
are always anxious to hear from me.
It is my time to go after water for
coffee for supper and they are calling
me now. You know I don't mind it
for I do like good coffee.
I know you will have a time read
ing this as I haven't anything to
write on except my mess kit and that
isn't much of a desk.
I certainly enjoy reading the pa
pers you send me. Be sure to send
some more. They are company for
Well, everything is looking awfully
good to us now, so don't worry. Give
my love to everybody.
Your loving boy,
Pvt. William G. Byrd.
Co. D. 114 M. G. Bm, Am. E. F., A.
P. 0. 749, via New York.
W. F. Manson Writes.Letter to
Somewhere in France?
September 27, 1918.
I My Dear Mother:
How are you? Well and in 'fine
spirits I earnestly hope. How are
? Papa and thc rest of the famiily?
j Mother, I am sitting tonigr?t- oiji an
'improvised bedv well down in old
?Mother Earth with two of my com
] rades, this being the limit of accom
modations to this "hotei." I think .it's
lone that belonged to the Jerries as
!he once inhabited around here, but
|I do not need to be disturbed. Battles
jare on. Artillery is continually bark
ing. Though when I finish the few
I lines to you I shall lie down tj sweet
1 dreams of rest. Who knows "where
j my mind shall wander? Probably ov
ier some battlefield, then home to my
. people across the deep blue sea.
j I am just thinking how many pray
;ers will be offered by so many moth
ers for their sons tonight. Not only
; mothers, but so many more. They
know not where nor how they are.
?Mother, I can not but hone we are
'here for God's cause and the better- ?
mont and uplifting or humanity.
; Do not think, Mother, that I am !
; worried for writing this way. I am
?in good health ana in good cheer. I
i will take everything as it conies, let
' it be whatever it may.
j My address is Cpl. W. F. Manson, ,
Co. n -1 ,c " - .
, _ ....esme rana and Carl arc busy 1
i trying to gather the crop. I hope '
they will bc well paid for their year's '
j toil. Have you heard anything from 1
I my Liberty Bonds? They should be !
?sent to Papa. *
I have seen two of my letters that 1
.were published in The Advertiser. 1
They were sent to Bill Byrd. I thank '
?you and also the editor for thinking *
i so much of me. I was not thinking of
?such when I wrote. I write as I feel
and I always try to be true.
I would like for you to save the
county papers and send them to me
las it will afford me much pleasure
?in reading them. Send them once a
j month. They will be new to me.
Mama, you must write me often,
at least once a week. I am so anx
ious to hear from you and all the
folks. I am growing tired and sleepy
so will have to close. I have no news
that I could tell in this letter. I shall
try sometimes to give some real news
ithat will pass the censor.
I With good wishes and love to you, j
! Mother. Always may His tender mer
cies watch over you. With love to all
the family. Good night.
Your son, a soldier.
Tillman Bailey Writes From
Camp Jackson to His
My Dearest Mama and All:
This is to let you know that I am
to leave. I hope you all are well. This
leaves me well and enjoying life.
I was certainly glad to see Papa
and McKie and Leon Sunday. To
my surprise Livie came to see me
Wednesday and I was glad, too. He
brought me a nice box of fruit and
tobacco. I would have liked it so much
better and could have stood it so
much better if I could have seen my
dear mother and sweet sister Rho
berta. Don't grieve one bit, though,
for I am all 0. K. I know it is hard
but Mama, you are a Christian and
a dear mother, and God will help us
all. I felt so sorry for dear Livie.
Well, I went through the gas house
Friday and stood it like a man. You
just ought to see your old boy Tee.
I weigh 140 pounds. I am sending
you one of our pictures. That is, a
picture of the crew which is to leave.
They are very poor, but just a re
Now dear Mama and loved ones,
please don't grieve t ;uut me. My
dgefield Mercantile Company
We placed large orders early for the several departments on our second floor and
invite our friends, the ladies especially, to inspect these attractive goods.
We are showing some good values in bed-room suits. Also see our sideboards,
hat-racks, sofas, dining tables and china closets. A beautiful assortment of rockers to
We have a large stock of iron and enameled beds and the best bed Springs on the
market. A large stock of cotton and felt mattresses. \
"Wc extend a special invitation to the ladies to come and see our beautiful assort
ment of rugs and art squares. Many attractive designs at very reasonable prices.
We have bought a large stock of stoves, ranges and heaters. Now is thc time to
discard your old one and purchase a new one.
We were never better supplied than now to fill the needs of our customers in har
ness, bridles and saddles. Large assortment'to select from.
Our undertaker's department is well supplied with coffins and caskets of all sizes
and prices. A share of your patronage is solicited. Our hearse responds to all calls
On our first floor will be found a large stock of heavy
groceries and plantation supplies. We buy in large
quantities and can make very satisfactory prices.
Large shipment of Texas oats for seed-no better quality on the market. Let us
Hil your orders.
... -wuieiiioer me to all of
ny friends and ask them to remem
ber me in their prayers. Don't write
jntil you all hear from me. Will write
,vhen I can. Be good and you all must
ove Mama and Papa. They are get
ing old. Read your Bible and go by
t. Trust in God and some day he
viii spare Tee to come back to you.
Sod bless and protect you. I am away
Devoted true soldier son,
... ..?.^iaeu mac i am, for what
I have passed through in the last
two days is more than could be ex
pected without getting "punched"
Yesterday morning after an. all
night's march we were about to
camp in a small wood when Fritz
began shelling it with high explos
ives and gas. I got my battery out in
record time and moved it forward
to a ravine which I had to hold, be
cause I was to be sent forward fur
ther to support our advancing infan
id all I
. UJ moving
my cattery around. In this I had re
markable success, for I knew his tac
tics very well, and on two occasions
I moved just in time to prevent the
annihilation of two of my sections.
When the Boche shoots he generally
"sweeps"-that is he moves 30 or
40 yards right or left and fires at the
same range, and on harrassing fire
he nearly always fires just two rounds
at each place. Experience has taught
me this, and yesterday it served me
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department to supply their needs.
Have a Large Stock of Plows and Harrows
Just what you need for turning your land in the fall.
Our Stock of Harness, Saddles and Bridles is 'Complete
Anything you want in harness, wagon or buggy harness, single or double, we have
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Large stock of NAILS and all kinds of Builders* Supplies. If you need shop tools of
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Shotguns, loadi \ .shells and cartrides of all kinds. If we have not in stock what you
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Come in to see us when in town. Mr. J. H. P. Roper is with us and will give his
friends a cordial greeting.
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