Postcard from Cornelius Kollock to his mother on the 81st "Wildcat" Division, 3 April 1918

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Document Description:

Housed at the South Caroliniana Library, the Cornelius Kollock papers describe the experience of Cornelius Kollock, a young soldier preparing for and fighting in World War I.  In this postcard dated 3 April 1918, Kollock sends his mother a postcard describing his division.  As part of the 81st Division, also known as the “Wildcats,” the postcard briefly discusses where soldiers were from, when they arrived in France, and where they were involved in fighting.  This postcard serves as promotional piece for the 81st Division and, by extension, the United States Armed Forces.


Cornelius Kollock Papers, Carte Postale, 3 April 1918.  Cornelius Kollock Papers, folder 12.  South Caroliniana Library, Columbia, South Carolina.

Correlating SC Social Studies Academic Standards:

Standard 5-3: The student will demonstrate an understanding of major domestic and foreign developments that contributed to the United States’ becoming a world power.

Indicator 5-3.6 Summarize actions by the United States that contributed to the rise of this nation as a world power, including the annexation of new territory following the Spanish-American War and the role played by the United States in the building of the Panama Canal and in World War I.

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