From Barracks to Battlefield and Back
Wednesday We had been a regiment of Infantry for 10 months and had neared [way?] strength more than once. [deleted]We took[deleted] From the place of our birth [Camp Jackson?] S.C. we took our handful of men [inserted]early in May to Camp Sevier, S.
July 10, 1918. -- After expecting, and, in a sense, awaiting defiinite orders to proceed to the port of embarkation, our regiment[deleted]was inf[deleted] received information that it would leave on the 14th. Almost immediately after this information spread around, [deleted]our[deleted] the time of our departure was moved up twenty-four hours. Days and nights of constant packing marked our last few days at Camp Sevier, S.C.
Cap't [?oles] leg broken.
July 13 - At 8 p.m. our train pulled out under sealed orders. [deleted]Some[deleted] Everybody was cheery; some calmly, others loudly so. I smiled [inserted]even in the face of[inserted] [deleted]over[deleted] the personal feelings I had.
July 14 - Red Cross women were very courteous to us and our men, especially at Lynchburg, Va, and Washington, DC. The [deleted]boys[deleted] men
[inserted]very appropriately[inserted] nicknamed the former “Lunchburg”.
July 15 - We pulled into and about immediately out of our nation’s metropolis, bound, we learned, for a short stay at Camp Upton, L.I.
July 15-30 -
[inserted]During[inserted] our two weeks’ stay there, we literally ate sand and slaughtered mosquitoes. The renowned Jersey mosquitoes more than do justice to their wide fame. My wife and I saw much of New York City in twenty-four hours.
July 30 - [inserted]On this day[inserted] Pursuant to our daily expected and daily delayed orders, we left Upton for our ship. The parting of my wife and me was [deleted]with sadness but without surprising degree of[deleted] naturally sad but surprisingly philosophical. The pain I had and [inserted]the lonesomeness I[inserted] have will never be totally removed till
we are together again. The boat, an English mailer of East and South African fame, Walmer Castle by name, was quickly loaded. We spent that night in port. We are conisdered ourselves very fortunate to be on the same boat with General Bailey and his staff + 438 R.C. nurses. [& reconstructionists?]
July 31 - [deleted]A[deleted] Promptly at noon we steamed slowly eastward, picking up the remaining [deleted]fourteen[deleted] [inserted]fifteen[inserted] ships of our convoy as we went along. The giant buildings of the world’s largest city and the [deletion] impressive Statue of Liberty gradually faded in our rear. It was interesting to see the numerous mosquitoe boats and seaplanes giving us a safe starting. There we soon left behind as well the large observation balloon that went up at intervals from the stern of an American lookout ship.
Only [deletion] a few hours outside, my intestines [deleted]began to[deleted] became restless.