Letter from Cornelius Kollock to his mother regarding activities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, 9 July 1917

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Housed at the South Caroliniana Library, the Cornelius Kollock papers describe the experience of Cornelius Kollock, a young soldier preparing for and fighting in World War I.  In this letter dated 9 July 1917 to his mother, he relates his training experience at the “Range.”  According to him, his company did not lose any soldiers in the training exercise.  He briefly mentions his stay at Signal Mountain, a “summer resort for Chatt. [Chattagnooga, TN] about ten miles from town.” In closing, he remarks on the quality of the hotel and the activities available for solders.


Kollock, Cornelius, to mother from Chattanooga, TN, 9 July 1917.  Cornelius Kollock Papers, folder 10.  South Caroliniana Library, Columbia, South Carolina.


[Chattanooga] [9 July 1917]






Sunday.         1917

Dear Mama:

            We returned from the Range yesterday morning in good shape.  We didn’t loose any men going out and only two coming back.  Our Company did not loose any.  We stayed at the Range a week. And shot all the time.  I spent last night and today at Signal Mountain.  It is a summer resort for Chatt. about ten miles from town.  They have a fine hotel up there and give a dance every Saturday night to the boys.  I have been up several times before

Correlating SC Social Studies Academic Standards:

Standard 5-3: The student will demonstrate an understanding of major domestic and foreign developments that contributed to the United States’ becoming a world power.

Indicator 5-3.6 Summarize actions by the United States that contributed to the rise of this nation as a world power, including the annexation of new territory following the Spanish-American War and the role played by the United States in the building of the Panama Canal and in World War I.

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