Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Carl Bauder Letters, 1918

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, November 2011

Summary Information
Title: Carl Bauder letters
Creator: Henn, Ralph F.
Inclusive dates: 1918
Extent: 3 items
Abstract:
This collection consists of three letters written by Carl B. Bauder of the 135th Field Artillery Regiment to his friend, Lieutenant Ralph F. Henn, during his service in France with the American Expeditionary Forces in the First World War.

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:

2005. M-4439.4.

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:

Carl Bauder letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Biography

Carl B. Bauder was born in Ohio on July 19, 1898, and served in Battery A, 135th Field Artillery Regiment, American Expeditionary Forces, during the First World War. After the war, he worked as a clerk in Toledo, Ohio. He died on August 26, 1967. His friend, 1st Lieutenant Ralph F. Henn, served at an arsenal in Washington, D. C., during the war.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of three letters written by Carl B. Bauder of the 135th Field Artillery Regiment to his friend, Lieutenant Ralph F. Henn, during his service in France with the American Expeditionary Forces in the First World War. In his first letter, Bauder discussed his duties, which included operating a machine gun against enemy airplanes; as he wrote to his friend, "we… have about completed our overseas training whence we hope we will get our crack at the Hun in the very near future" (September 8, 1918). He also attached a copy of The Endeavor Weekly, a newsletter published by Cleveland's Euclid Avenue Christian Church "for our boys in service," which encourages its readers to send a letter or card to Carl, one of five soldiers selected to receive mail. In his second letter, written on September 29, he briefly related his unit's general movements, but still felt "a long way from cleaning up the hun with our little gun." His third and longest letter (8 pages), dated November 24, 1918, recounts his military experiences in greater detail, including his specific movements since June 1918, copied from his diary. In addition to expressing his relief at the happy outcome of Ralph's recent bout of influenza, the soldier reflected at length upon his military experiences: "Though our period in active service has been comparatively short, I think I have experienced most of the things which an artilleryman ordinarily would," he wrote, and mentioned field combat, watching aerial battles, and being attacked by a submarine en route to Europe. Two of the letters are composed on YMCA stationery.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • United States. Army. Field Artillery, 135th.
    • United States. Army--Military life.
    • World War, 1914-1918--Campaigns--France.
    Contributors:
    • Bauder, Carl B., 1898-1967.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Newsletters.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   5, World War I Small Collections Folder   35
    Carl Bauder letters [series]:
     
      September 8, 1918
     
      September 29, 1918
     
      November 24, 1918