Sgt. Ervin Reuben Wakefield
ABOUT ME: Sgt. Ervin Reuben Wakefield - I was born on January 21, 1890 to Reuben Edson and Adaline Miles Wakefield (Frost) in Hardwick, Vermont. I was the sixth of seven children. At the age of four, I was sent to live with my maternal aunt, Ida May and her husband Willis Parker. I joined the Vermont National Guard.
Monday, April 9, 2012
Letter to Aunt Ida - April 1918
Spartansburg [Spartanburg], N. [S] C.
Dear Aunt Ida:
Well here I am in Spartansburg but expected to go to Camp Greene Charlotte N. C. but when I got down there my regiment had been transfered to this place. So it took me quite a while to find the place I was going to. They shiped me over to Camp Greene and from there here.
It seems to bad that I could not get home before I got so far away but you see, belonging to the National Guard I had to be sent out at once as they called for National Guard men to be sent to their camps at once. There is not doubt but what I will have a chance to get home before I go across as there are only 29 men in our company and we are supposed to have 200 so I imagine it will be some time before the company will be full.
It is not rearly as nice as it was at Fort Slocum but I suppose this is the training life and when one get used to it there is nothing like it but I guess some of the fellows will die getting used to it.
This camp is the largest in U.S. and all I have seen in the last few days is soldiers. I didn’t suppose there was so many men in the world. We all sleep in tents here even the officers and the officers seem to be around with the men more than at Fort Slocum.
Yesterday I was on Guard and today we went over in the field about two miles and build a road. We were beside a cotton field so that was the first time I ever saw it grow.
I think that this road building and cleaning up is the kind of work that we will have to do when we get across and they are breaking us in here.
We are not getting any drilling here and we don’t expect to get much as it takes nearly all the time to do the work that has to be done.
I am writting this letter during my noon hour so my time is limited and have got to go back to work. Thought I would let you know my address and how I was getting along
57th Pioneer Inf. Co. H.