This blog is made up of transcripts of letters written by Ervin Wakefield, of Montpelier, Vermont, during WWI. The 1918 letters will be posted each month in 2012, 94 years after they were written. This blog is inspired by the blog by Pte. Harry Lamin created in 2006.
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.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
September 23, 1918
Left Camp Wadsworth with 3430 officers and men.
"57th Pioneer Infantry: Formerly 1st
Arrived at CampWadsworth from
CampGreene on February 10, 1918, with 29 officers and 481
enlisted men. Commanded by Colonel Fred B. Thomas and filled to
wartime strength with draftees. The regiment left
CampWadsworth on September 23rd with 3430
officers and men." (Tent and Trench, Appendex B)