• Diary of John Barksdale Greer

    This is the diary of Lt. John Barksdale Greer, 117th MG Battn., 31st Div. and 324th MG Battn., 83rd Div. Both divisions provided replacements to other units. Greer was from Loudon County, Tennessee. I…

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  • Gas mask of Pvt. Joseph W. Knox

    Gas mask and case of Pvt. Joseph William Knox with anti-dimming stick. The case is marked "3" for size on the flap with owner's name hand written in purple indelible pencil. Various other numbers stam…

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  • Letter from John H. Roller to Alvin Roller

    In this letter John Roller, HQ Co., 115th FA, writes to his brother Alvin that he had a good Christmas Day and holiday dinner. His presents included cigarettes and a sack of tobacco. Nashville ladies…

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  • Photograph of soldiers washing clothes at the village laundry Wassy Haute Marne

    This US Signal Corps photograph shows American soldiers washing clothes at the village laundry in Wassy Haute, Marne, France. The photograph belonged to Dr. and Col. J.W. Crum who served in World War…

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  • Letter from Pvt. Frank M. Ring, Co. A, 114th MG Battn., 30th Div. to his mother, Sarah Frances M. Ring

    Pvt. Frank M. Ring was from Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee. In the letter he discusses that he had not written in some time and that he was trying to write this letter while "in a little dog t…

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  • US gas mask bag and mask

    This is a typical US issued gas mask and gas mask bag. With the introduction of gas warfare in 1915, the armies of the world required protection against the poisionous vapors. The American gas mask wa…

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  • Order of Induction of Pvt. Virgil T. Metcalf

    Virgil T. Metcalf of Etowah, Tennessee, received this order of induction into military service for World War I. He was to report to the local board on May 1, 1918 in Athens, Tenn. It was order number…

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  • Red Cross apron of Minter Jones Somerville

    Minter Jones Somerville wore this apron when she served with the Red Cross during World War I. She was married to Dr. William Glassell, a psychatrist who served with the A.E.F.

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  • Letter from Pvt. Virgil Metcalf to his mother

    Pvt. Virgil Metcalf, Co. A, 47th Engineer Battn. sent this letter to his mother and describes life at Camp Sheridan. He complains about a cake that she shipped to him had not arrived. He states, "We a…

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  • Uniform coat of Sgt. Robert Thomas McKenzie, Jr.

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

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  • Real photo postcard of soldier in overcoat

    This picture postcard of soldier in overcoat with pistol belt and two clip puches for Colt .45 automatic pistol is part of the American Third Army during the occupaton of the Rhineland from 1919-1923…

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  • French model 1877 canteen of Pvt. Henry R. Hubbs

    This standard issue French Army canteen was brought home by Pvt. Henry Hubbs, a box maker from Knoxville. He served in Co. E, 130th Inf. Regt., 33rd Div. According to family history, Hubbs never saw f…

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  • Model 1916 German helmet

    As World War I developed into a protracted war of siege and entrenchment, it became apparent that soft caps and the leather pickelhaube were lacking. By 1916, Germany developed a steel helmet and bega…

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  • Flyer dropped over Jackson

    These flyers were dropped by air over Jackson to encourage work on the home front. It was in the scrap book of Sadie Priscilla Jones of Jackson. She later married Mike Glynn, also of Jackson. He serve…

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  • Letter from Felix Garner to Nellie Parham, 1918 November 5

    This letter from Felix Garner, Motor Truck Company 547, Motor Supply Train 428, American Expeditionary Forces, is to his sister, Nellie Parham, in Vernon, Tennessee. It is on YMCA letterhead and is a…

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  • Springfield rifle

    This U.S. M1903 A3 Springfield rifle has a straight grip walnut stock and parkerized metal finish. The nose cap bolt is missing. The reciever ring is marked " U.S./REMINGTON/MODEL 1903-A3/4110761." Th…

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  • Diary of Floyd Johnson

    Thiis is a selection of diary entries of Pvt. Floyd Wellington Johnson, Btry. E, 115th FA, 30th Div. Pvt. Wellington began his diary May 19, 1918 and continued to make entries until September 27, 1918…

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  • Letter from Marine Jeff Montgomery to Ruth Hopper

    Jeff Montgomery, USMC, wrote this letter to his future wife Ruth Hopper in Jackson, Tennessee. He wrote, "Well I wonder who is with you tonight. Some lucky fellow I guess (sic) wished it was me." He d…

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  • Model 1898 Krag Rifle made at Springfield Armory, Massachusetts

    The M1898 Krag-Jorgensen rifle was standard issue for the US Army until 1903. Although replaced by the M1903 Springfield rifle, the M1898 was used for training in the early days of World War I. Family…

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  • Letter from Marine Jeff Montgomery to Ruth Hopper

    Jeff Montgomery, USMC, wrote this letter to his future wife Ruth Hopper in Jackson. Written on Marine Corps stationery, Montgmery has written in ink the translation of the Marine Corps motto "Always F…

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