Manuscripts Division William L. Clements Library University of Michigan
Finding aid for Jean C. Barnes Letters, 1918
Finding aid created by Meg Hixon, November 2011
Title: Jean C. Barnes letters Creator: Barnes, Anna Inclusive dates: 1918 Extent: 3 items Abstract:
This collection consists of three letters 1st Lieutenant Jean C. Barnes wrote to his mother during his service in France during the First World War.
Language: The material is in English Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
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The collection is open for research.
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Jean C. Barnes Letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
The collection is arranged chronologically.
Jean C. Barnes was born in Ohio in July 1893 to Philemon and Anna Barnes. He grew up in Carlisle Township with several siblings. At the outbreak of the First World War, he was living in Elyria, Ohio, and after enlistment served in France as a 1st lieutenant in the United States Army Signal Corps. After the war, he and his wife Dorothy lived in Elyria, where he worked as an electrician.
Collection Scope and Content Note
This collection consists of three letters 1st Lieutenant Jean C. Barnes wrote to his mother during his service in France during the First World War. In his first letter, dated September 8, 1918, he mentioned that he enjoyed the scenery, and alluded to his boredom and a recent illness. By October 26, he had just left the hospital and had revised his opinion of France, writing of the miserable weather and adding, "This is one hell of a place." In his final letter, written on December 20, Barnes anticipated his imminent return to the United States, and recorded high local prices for several food items. He also reflected briefly on his wartime experiences, which included the loss of most of his belongings on the battlefield and his participation in the Saint-Mihiel offensive and the Meuse-Argonne campaign. Though short, his letters provide his perspective on the war in France, which he survived: "I don't know how I came out but I did somehow" (December 20, 1918).