PC_1560_Banks_Arendell_Papers_Journal_003

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From Barracks to Battlefield and Back

July 10, 1918. After expecting, and, in a sense, awaiting definite orders to proceed to the port of embarkation, our regiment received information that it would leave on the 14th. Almost immediately after this information spread around, the time of our departure was moved up by twenty-four hours. Days and nights of constant [jocking] worked our last few days at Camp seview, S.C.

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July 13, at 8 p.m. our train rolled out under sealed orders. Everybody was cheery; some calmly, others loudly so. I smiled even in the face of 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 men

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