William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan
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Noah F. Perry Letters, 1918
Meg Hixon, May 2012
Noah F. Perry letters
Wade, Mary Jane
This collection is comprised of 15 letters Noah F. Perry sent to Mary Jane Wade of Buntyn, Tennessee (now part of Memphis), while he served with a United States Army band unit at Camp Jackson (now Fort Jackson), South Carolina, between February and June 1918. Perry discussed several aspects of military life, such as his relationships with other soldiers, the possibility of being sent to France, and his experiences while in training.
The material is in English
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Noah F. Perry Letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
The collection is arranged chronologically according to postmark, with one undated item placed at the end.
Noah F. Perry served as a band member in the United States Army at Camp Jackson, South Carolina, throughout 1918. He regularly corresponded with Mary Jane Wade, a schoolteacher from Buntyn, Tennessee (now part of Memphis).
Collection Scope and Content Note
This collection is comprised of 15 letters Noah F. Perry sent to Mary Jane Wade of Buntyn, Tennessee, while he served with a United States Army band unit at Camp Jackson (now Fort Jackson), South Carolina, between February and June 1918. Perry discussed his relationships with other soldiers, the possibility of being sent to France, and his experiences while in training, among other topics.
Perry wrote 6 letters in February 1918 and 8 between May and June 1918, as well as 1 undated letter. All are addressed to Mary Jane Wade, whom Perry regarded as a close friend. Perry wrote about Camp Jackson and about several facets of military life, such as fluctuations in the camp's population as men transferred between regiments and between military installations. Several letters provide Perry's opinions on fellow soldiers and officers, as well as his views on an African American regiment that entered the camp in late February. He often mentioned his frequent visits to nearby Columbia, South Carolina, where he often attended the theater and occasionally performed with his band unit. Other letters discuss training exercises, such as Perry's experiences with gas and machine guns. Though Perry did not provide the number of his regiment, he mentioned the 316th, 317th, and 318th Infantry Regiments, and in one letter provided his negative opinion of National Guard units (February 10, 1918).
- Camp Jackson (S.C.)
- Columbia (S.C.)
- United States. Army. American Expeditionary Forces.
- United States. Army--Bands.
- United States. Army--Military life.
- World War, 1914-1918--African Americans.
- World War, 1914-1918--United States.