WWI Letter March 22, 1919 | LETTERS FROM A DOUGHBOY, David Jesse Shumaker

David doesn’t have much to say in his WWI letter of March 22, 1919.

He likes his job in the Police Corps, the Army needs him for a few more months, and he’s still in the French city of Autun.

Autun is not far from Dijon, in central-eastern France, not far from the Swiss border. I found this video tour of Autun France, including its cathedral, Roman gates, and ampitheater on YouTube – it’s a beautiful Medieval town!

These twenty-eight letters home to his family during World War I will be compiled as my mother compiled them, and published into the same book that she made single copies of, titled Letters from a Doughboy. I’ll let you know here in the blog when the book is available.

Here is David Jesse Shumaker’s WWI letter of March 22, 1919:


3/22 1919

Dear Folks at home:

This leaves me feeling fine. Hope you are well.

Have a fine job now—

Us boys have just run out of home going dope. So don’t ask for any. I am nicely situated now and Uncle Sam needs me a few months longer so guess it will be summer before I get back to the States. Am out of the Infantry. All the Inf. hardships are over for me, and I sure am glad of it. Well write soon. I have nothing to write. Am in the city of Autun. It is not very warm here yet.

Well must close by.

Love & Best wishes to all. Your loving Son & Bro.

Pvt David J Shumaker
M.P.C. 6th Co.
Am Ex Force.


Here are photos of the scanned originals. If you would like high-resolution copies, just contact me and I’ll email them to you.

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