Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Camp Hancock Letters, 1917

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, June 2012

Summary Information
Title: Camp Hancock letters
Creator: Anonymous
Inclusive dates: 1917
Extent: 3 items
Abstract:
An anonymous United States Army sergeant wrote these 3 letters (18 pages) to his mother while serving at Camp Hancock, Georgia, between August and December 1917. "Herb," a member of Company D, 103rd Engineer Regiment, reported on his regiment's work laying pipes and about several aspects of military life.

Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1999. M-4047.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Camp Hancock letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Biography

This sergeant first class, who signed himself "Herb," served with Company D of the United States Army's 103rd Engineer Regiment at Camp Hancock, Georgia, between August and December 1917. In mid-December, he anticipated being promoted to lieutenant. His letters indicate that he was from the area around Pottsville, Pennsylvania.


Collection Scope and Content Note

An anonymous United States Army sergeant wrote these 3 letters (18 pages) to his mother while serving at Camp Hancock, Georgia, between August and December 1917. "Herb," a member of Company D, 103rd Engineer Regiment, reported on his regiment's work laying pipes and on several aspects of military life.

In each of his letters, "Herb" encouraged his mother not to worry about him, and he took pride in his work with the military and in his continuing advancement through the ranks; he was expecting a commission as lieutenant. He also mentioned some of his regiment's duties, which included laying pipes for newly constructed buildings at Camp Hancock and building temporary bridges for other units on bivouac assignments. Herb described other aspects of camp life, such as the comings and goings of other soldiers and his leisure activities, which included trips to nearby Augusta and football games. In two of his letters, he discussed the reorganization of the army's cavalry and artillery units, and in one letter, he mentioned English and French guest officers' instruction in trench warfare (November 11, 1917).

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Camp Hancock (Ga.)
    • United States. Army. American Expeditionary Forces.
    • United States. Army. Engineer Regiment, 103rd.
    • United States. Army--Military life.
    • World War, 1914-1918--United States.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   3, World War I Small Collections  
    Camp Hancock letters [series]:
    Folder   18  
      August 24, 1917-December 16, 1917