Letter January 19, 1918: “They have been working us pretty hard at the camp…We have an examination every Saturday for two hours so you see we have to be on the Job all the time.”

[Postmarked Alabama.  Brother-in-law Jack Montgomery has gotten his commission, while Wilmer Hoffman hopes for a career in aviation.  Denison, a sergeant, is “to act as lieutenant” and obviously hopes for a promotion in rank.] Jan 19th 1918 — Dear Mama, They have been working us pretty hard at the camp and it looks as if […]

Letter postmarked January 15, 1918: “I hope you have enough coal to see you through the winter as the coal shortage must be very bad.”

[Undated letter postmarked January 15, 1918.  Denison inquires after his brother-in-law, Jack Montgomery.] Camp McClellan Anniston, Ala. Dear Mama, We have put in the first week at the Training Camp and so far I have gotten along pretty well.  They moved us into different tents so I am now in with Jim Carey, Ned Duer, […]

Letter January 6, 1918: “Most of the men here have had a good deal of artillery training but there are quite a few from the cavalry and Hospital Corps…”

[Again, Denison miswrote the new year, which was 1918.  This letter was written to Henry Mactier Warfield, who was married to his mother’s sister, Rebecca (née Denison).  Their daughter Anita was very close to her Frick cousins.  He again mentions that his friend, Wilmer Hoffman, is keen on aviation.] Jan. 6th 1917 — Camp McClellan, […]

Letter January 6, 1917: “[O]ur battery was quarantined for measles, but as I hadn’t come in contact with it they let me come over.”

[Postmarked January 7, 1918.   I believe that Denison miswrote the year, it being January; he wasn’t used, yet, to writing the new year.  He was not in Anniston in January 1917. Wilmer Hoffman still wanted to get into aviation.  Cousin Lizzie Shoemaker had sent Christmas gifts to Denison as had family friend D. Sterett […]

Undated Letter January 1918: “I have practically given up all hope of getting into another training camp as I hear the men have been picked from this battery and I am not among them.”

[Undated letter, no envelope, estimated to be close to New Year, 1918.  Cousin Lizzie Shoemaker had written a letter on Denison’s behalf to help him with entry to the next training camp.] Camp McClellan Anniston, Ala. Dear Mama, I have practically given up all hope of getting into another training camp as I hear the […]

Letter dated December 27, 1917: “I get the great sum of 38.00 a month for being sergeant which is two dollars more than I got for being corporal but as I have two Liberty bonds they take out $10.00 a month which leaves me $28.00.”

Families visit their sons at Camp McClellan during the Christmas holidays. Denison’s net salary is less than a dollar a day, making him grateful to receive a $20 check from his mother for Christmas.