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B. W. Morse Letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3469

Sergeant B. W. Morse wrote this 13 page letter to his father from St. Julien, France on November 24, 1918. He assures his father that he is still alive and kicking and anxious to be in the U.S.A. Because Morse was writing weeks after the Armistice, he is able to divulge small amounts of information about his travels and service. He mentions submarine movements and depth bombs, but concentrates on his desire to return home and spend Christmas with his family.

Dates

  • 1918 November 24

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

Sergeant B. W. Morse wrote this 13 page letter to his father from St. Julien, France on November 24, 1918. He assures his father that he is still alive and kicking and anxious to be in the U.S.A. Because Morse was writing weeks after the Armistice, he is able to divulge small amounts of information about his travels and service. He mentions submarine movements and depth bombs, but concentrates on his desire to return home and spend Christmas with his family.

Biographical/Historical Note

Benjamin Wallis Morse was born to David Wallis (1859-1919) and Gertrude B. O. (Mitchell) Morse in Boston, Massachusetts on November 19, 1892. During World War I, he served with the 301st Headquarters Train in France. Morse survived the war and returned to Massachusetts, where he married May Ida Barrows. The couple had four children: Gladys M. (Morse) Sousa, David Philip (1924-1993), Benjamin Wallis (1926-1971), and Theo Blanch (Morse) Wales Daniels Dockery Dakin (1929-1994). Benjamin Morse died in 1953 in Massachusetts.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Special Collections purchased this letter on January 24, 2011.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480