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Co. A. 18th M. G. Bn
|Pvt. E. R. Wirt
A. P. O. 777
ON ACTIVE SERVICE
AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE
March 1 1918
Saturday afternoon, inspections
finished and nothing to do till to-
morrow, or rather Monday. Tomorrow
I rather expect that we will try for
a mounted pass, and go for a
mule ride. The weather is a lot
warmer now and if it is pleasant
its rather good fun to go riding
around the surrounding country.
We are getting quite modern here
in this town now. There is a moter
installed to run a dynamo for lights
for us. The age of candles and lamps
is passing. I wonder what the
"Frogs" will think of this latest ex-
travagance of ours. All during the
cold weather washing face and hands
once a day was getting pretty
slack we thought but this old
man here says it was too much.
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President Woodrow Wilson sought a means to end all war in Europe, and at the peace conference at Versailles after World War I he was able to convince the parties to create a League of Nations. The League charter required that all powers unite against an aggressor nation. Many Americans wanted the United States to never have to enter another war overseas. The League worried them. It also worried Edward Wirt, who says (page 6) that if it goes through the U.S. would "always be in a stew over here." Wirt's unit was still in France when he wrote this, although he writes that they may have to go to Germany for garrison duty. On the same page, he refers to labor troubles in the United States. Out of patriotic fervor, unions had suspended strike activity during the war but with the armistice they began to demand that industry share some of the huge wartime profits it had made. An unprecedented wave of strikes ensued.
There are ninety letters from Mr. Wirt to Miss Bartlett in the PVMA collection; twelve of them are reproduced here.
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WWI letter to Emily Gladys Bartlett
| author Edward Roswell Wirt (1891-1942)
| date Mar 1, 1919
| location France
| width 5.25"
| height 8.5"
| process/materials manuscript, paper, ink
| item type Personal Documents/Letter
| accession # #L01.019
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