• Letter from Pvt. Joseph W. Knox to his mother

    Pvt. Joseph William Knox of Dyer, Tennessee, served in Co. E, 11th Inf. Regt. He arrived in France Sept. 1918 and fought the last week of the Meuse-Argonne offensive. After the war, he remained on gua…

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  • Postcard announcing the safe arrival of Sgt. Wilson A. Dowdy

    Sent to Miss Jessie Stammer in Farmington, Tennessee and provided by the American Red Cross, it notified her that Sgt. Wilson A. Dowdy, Btry. F, 318th FA, 81st Div, had arrived safely overseas. They m…

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  • Leather wallet

    This late 19th century embossed tan leather wallet was re-purposed by Sgt. Carl Cecil Braden, HQ Troop, 82nd Div., World War 1914-1918, to carry letters and newspaper clippings during his service in t…

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  • Medal for Pilgrimage of Mothers and Widows

    This bronze colored medal features a central five pointed star surrounded by a wreath of oak leaves and laurel and surmounted flags and the Great Seal. The suspension is blue, white and red vertical s…

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  • Honorable discharge of Sgt. Paro M. Thomas, 119th Field Artillery, 32nd Division

    Honorable discharge document issued to Sgt. Paro M. Thomas, HQ Co., 119th FA, 32nd Div. Thomas was born in Mayfield, Kentucky and enlisted at age 26. His occupation was office manager before enlistmen…

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  • Book selections

    Martha Maragaret Mariah Beene Walker was from the Sequatchie Valley in the area around Spencer in Van Buren County, Tennessee. She self published a book in 1927 entitled Reminiscences and Meandering T…

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  • Letter to John V. Wright from Frances O. Smith regarding the draft

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    Letter dated July 29, 1917 to John V. Wright from his presumed neighbor and landlord, Frances O. Smith. In the letter, Smith describes her anxiety over the military draft and wonders which boys from B…

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  • Letter from Sarah Frances Ring to her son, Maj. Joseph J. Ring, 308th Eng.

    The Ring family of Williamson County, Tennessee sent three sons to WWI. Maj. Joseph J. Ring was the oldest and served in the 308th Engineer Battn. In this letter his mother mentions going to Franklin…

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  • Cloth postcard

    This cloth postcard has the flags of the allied powers-France, Great Britian, United States, and Italy. The pouch contained the smaller card entitled "Sincere Friendship." It was mailed to Miss Jessie…

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  • Selective Service notice to Perry Benjamin Austin

    Pvt. Perry Benjamin Austin of Finley, Tennessee drove a truck [GWjack003] in Motor Truck Co. 536 in France during World War I. He told his family that his truck was shot at while he transported canned…

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  • Postcard of Esch-Alzette sent by Pvt. Joseph W. Knox to his mother

    Pvt. Joseph William Knox of Dyer, Tennessee served in Co. E, 11th Inf. Regt. during the war. He arrived in France in September, 1918, and saw action during the final week of the Meuse-Argonne offensiv…

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  • Trench art

    This piece of trench art made from a fork or spoon handle and is dated 1915 and "Argonne." Initially, bored soldiers in the trenches would pick up spent shell casings or other metal items and turn the…

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  • Clip of .30-06 ammunition

    This clip of .30-06 caliber ammunition belonged to Cpl. Roy R. Stephens, Co. H, 5th Inf. Regt. Cpl. Stephens, was part of the American Army of Occupation of the Rhineland immediately after the armisti…

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  • Armistice announcement

    U.S. Army Signal Corps telegram from AEF HQ announcing the Armistice to U.S. troops at Brest, France. Telegram from a scapbook album of photographs and documents about George H. Harries. He was commen…

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  • American made helmet

    This helmet belonged to Sgt. Robert Thomas McKenzie, Jr. He was born in Mississippi but lived in Jackson when he enlisted. McKenzie served in England, France, and Belgium during World War I. He worked…

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  • Discharge certificate of Pvt. Jeff Glynn Montgomery

    This is a United States Marine Corps Discharge Certificate for Pvt. Jeff Glynn Montgomery. He enlisted on October 21, 1918 at Memphis, Tennessee and reported to Parris Island, South Carolina on Octobe…

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  • Letter, from Kenneth Redford of the 114th Field Artillery Band, to his mother

    Musician Kenneth G. Redford, HQ Co., 114 FA, 30th Div. wrote this letter to his mother. He describes a recent battle but does not name it - he does mention recently being camped at the Meuse River. He…

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  • Quilt that includes pieces cut from U.S. Army uniform trousers

    Maysel Phillips, wife of Pvt. Henry Edwards Phillips, made the quilt after the war using pieces cut from his uniform breeches. Phillips, who never saw combat, was from Oliver Springs, Tennessee, a tow…

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  • Letter from Pvt. Mack Mitchell Bennett to his mother, Mary Angeline Edwards Bennett (regarding field artillery training)

    Pvt. Mack Mitchell Bennett (1892-1951) served in Btry. F, 318th F.A. Regt., 81st Div. during World War I. The letter, written on Camp Jackson letterhead, is addressed to his mother, Mary Angeline Edwa…

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  • German Pickelhaube

    This is an example of the General Service German pickelhaube with Prussian eagle. Helmets of this type were commona among German troops early in World War I. Trench warfare demonstrated a need for a m…

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