Letter from Cornelius Kollock to his mother on life in the military, c. June 1917

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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 letter dated June of 1917 to his mother, he describes how busy his week has been with exams.  In acknowledging a previous letter from his mother, he expresses his sadness about the news of Daniel.  Additionally, he relates the purchasing of blankets and sweaters.  He closes with a brief mention of the Trench Officers who, in his words, “are all very young and are enjoying themselves very much.” 


Kollock, Cornelius, to mother from Camp Jackson, SC, c. June 1917.  Cornelius Kollock Papers, folder 10.  South Caroliniana Library, Columbia, South Carolina.


[c. June 1917]

Camp Jackson


Dear Mama: -

            We have not had much time to our selves this week.  We are preparing for another examination tomorrow.  I think we are going to have them right along now on different subjects as we take them up.  I haven’t heard anything from the other one yet, but I hope I passed it.

            I didn’t know that (illegible) Daniel was on that boat, and I didn’t know anything about it until I got your letter.  It certainly is sad

            I can get the kind of sweater I want over here for seven dollars.  And I have gotten my blankets from the sweater maker they cost me four and a half dollars, I got three so I have all the cover I need now.

            The men are holding a singing meet upstairs now.  I think they have sung every thing in all the song books of all the churches.

            We are to have a lecture tomorrow night by one of the Trench Officers.  I expect it will be very interesting.  They are all very young and are enjoying themselves very much.  They come to all the dances but do not dance

                                                With love


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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