Edward James Baker letters

Edward J. Baker was a soldier in the US Army during World War I (private, Company F, 145th Infantry, 37th Division, AEF). The bulk of the collection consists primarily of correspondence wherein Baker writes home to family during and shortly after the war. Baker was stationed at Camp Lee, Virginia, t...

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Main Author: Baker, Edward James 1894 - 1983 (Creator (cre))
Collection:Edward James Baker Letters
Collection Number:3665
Format: Manuscript
Language:English
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Online Access:Link to finding aid
Physical Description: 0.2 Linear feet ; 1 box
Access: This collection is open for research.
Summary: Edward J. Baker was a soldier in the US Army during World War I (private, Company F, 145th Infantry, 37th Division, AEF). The bulk of the collection consists primarily of correspondence wherein Baker writes home to family during and shortly after the war. Baker was stationed at Camp Lee, Virginia, then in France and Belgium. He apparently saw combat, although he does not write about the fighting directly. The letters are mostly routine but include interesting tidbits about life in the army, his experiences in France, popular culture, and other related topics of the day. Also included are a photo of Baker in uniform, a few postcards and ephemera, and his discharge certificate.
This collection is arranged chronologically. The letters were written between 1918 and 1919 during Edward Baker’s military training at Camp Lee in Virginia and service in France and Belgium. Edward wrote primarily to his sister Sallie Schenk about his experiences and observations, although not with much detail. There are a few letters to Sallie’s husband, Edward. The letters written from Camp Lee are housed in Folder 1; these letters, compared to those written from France and Belgium, give a more point-by-point detail of Baker’s daily activities. Folders 2 and 3 cover his time in France. Folder 4 includes letters written while in Belgium and France. The last folder containing letters documents his return to France before departure for the United States, and then Fort Dix in New Jersey. In the last letter in the collection dated November 13, 1919 from Belgium he describes the conditions observed while traveling through the country. The letter ends by discussing his eventual return to Hoboken, New Jersey. The reasons for this return to Belgium are unknown. The final folder I the collection includes a photograph of Baker in uniform, post cards, and discharge papers.