In the years after World War I, Robert Truesdell never spoke of his war experience, but he wrote more than 100 letters to his parents describing the details of his life in the service. The letters span a period of time starting with his arrival in the Fall of 1917 at Camp Wadsworth, South Carolina and concluding with his participation in the Victory March up Fifth Avenue in New York City in 1919. After Truesdell’s death, his daughter discovered the letters and carefully transcribed each one. The letters are accompanied by commentary on World War I prior to U.S. involvement and on significant national and international political and military events during the months when the United States fought with the Allies. The informative commentary places Truesdell’s personal correspondence into a much greater historical context.
About the Author
Katherine Truesdell Schumacher grew up in Binghamton, N.Y. She earned a B.A. from Indiana University and M.A. from Cornell University. She taught English courses at Rochester Institute of Technology for many years and, in 1997, became Writing Director in its College of Liberal Arts. Now retired, she continues her community service in the arts, education, and healthcare fields. She lives in Rochester with her husband, Jon Schumacher; they have two grown children.
Publisher: RIT Press (09/2019)
Size: 6 x 9 in.
Shipping Weight: 1lb
“This collection of letters is of a truly outstanding quality regarding the information it provides and the quantity of letters available. I am thrilled that this material will be made available to both the broader public, but also to researchers and scholars examining the World War I era.”
Aaron Noble, Senior Historian
Curator of the exhibition, A Spirit of Sacrifice: New York State and the First World War
New York State Museum, Albany, NY
“As an American historian with a specific interest in World War I, I am impressed with how this book puts a ‘human face’ on the Great War. I am sure that the modern audience will be thrilled to learn about the everyday life of an American soldier, such as paying 25 cents for a hot bath or the constant battle with ‘cooties’.”
Daniel D. Cody
Professor of American History
Table of Contents
The War Years Leading to American Involvement
The Letters with Commentary
Training at Camp Wadsworth in the Fall and Early Winter of 1917
Further Training at Camp Wadsworth and in France
Combat in Belgium and France
Post-battle Service and Return to the U.S.