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WWI Draft of Max Augustus LINN

WWI Draft Card of Max Augustus LINN

WWI Draft Card of Max Augustus LINN

Six weeks after the United States declared war on Germany  on 6 April 1917, all men in the U.S. were required by law to register according to the ‘Selective Service Act’ passed by Congress May 18th to build up it’s military.   There were three  separate registrations:

1st – 5 June 1917 for men age 21 to 31 who were born between 6 June 1886 and 5 June 1896

2nd – 5 June 1918 for men who turned 21 since the first registration or otherwise did not register

3rd – 12 Sept 1918 for men age 18 – 21 and 31 – 45

Max registered in the 2nd group since his birthday came after the cut off date for the 1st registration.  It is estimated that  24 million men in the U.S. completed a World War I registration card which accounted for about 98% of the men under the age of 46.

There are several bits of information that can be gleaned from this card:

B & W Portrait Photo of Max Augustus LINN

Max Augustus LINN 1896-1952

  • Proof of Max’s birth date and place
  • Residence where Max lived
  • His closest family member  which was his wife Eula Mae HOLDER
  • Where he worked (he was a barber)

Seeing his signature, ‘Max A. Linn” helps personalize this kindred man.

Crew Street in Atlanta GA

This is what Crew Street in Atlanta looks like today.

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War Fans the Flames of Love

Letter from TWG INGLETT to Martha A. PALMER TWG INGLETT letter to wife Martha A. PALMERThomas Wilkes Glascock INGLETT left his sweet wife, Martha A. PALMER, with 3 children to fight in the Civil War.  They carried on their courtship throughout the conflict through letters.  T.W.G. INGLETT was 25 years old when he wrote the above tender letter to his 21 year old sweetheart wife back at home in Columbia County, GA, outside of Augusta, GA.

At the time of the letter, T.W.G. or “Tommie” was part of an army of 52,000 men in General Lee’s defense of Petersburg and Richmond, Virginia.  The battle of Petersburg began in earnest in March of 1864, and in June alone over 11,000 Union soldiers lost their lives trying to take Petersburg.   Over 4,000 Confederate soldiers died in it’s defense.  There was a lull in fighting the first two weeks of July when Tommie wrote the letter.  Within weeks the fighting started back up.

General Grant commanded the Union forces that had little success during the summer of 1864, for the Confederates were protecting their Capital and the surrounding areas with great resolve.  The Union forces began a siege on Petersburg throughout the subsequent winter to cut off supplies to the Confederate soldiers.  The city finally fell  April 3, 1865 when General Lee abandoned both Petersburg and Richmond.

The siege of Petersburg is considered  the last significant stand for the Confederate forces.  The ultimate surrender took place at Appomattox Court House on April 9th, six days after the abandonment of Petersburg.  T.W.G. INGLETT returned home to Georgia and Thomas Jefferson (Sandy) INGLETT was born 16 May 1871, father of Essie Lee INGLETT.

The following is a transcript of the letter, with current spelling and punctuation:

                                          Camp Near Petersburg, VA

                                                      July 15th 1864

My dear little wife, I will drop you a few lines to inform you that I received your kind letter of July 1 and was glad to hear from you, but sorry to hear that you had got so poor. I am well and I hope this may find you and all the rest in good health.  My dear, I am worn out for I have been exposed to the fire of the yankees sixty days, but I am not whipped yet.  We have lost a good many men out of our Brigade.  One day we lost 57 out of one of our Regiments.  But it is not so bad as it has been, for we don’t sharp shoot as much as we did.  I got struck with one ball on the collar bone, but it did not enter for it went through a gun before it hit me.  Poor little Ned and Eli Beasley got killed on the 20th in a charge.  We just have to watch day and night for the mortar shells and dodge them the best we can.  The yankees are in 75 yards of us and it is a continual fire day and night.  My dear I can’t give you half of the news for it would take me a month.  Give my love to all of my folks and tell them to write to me.  Give my Respect to babe and to your Pa and Ma and to Emma and all the rest of Ben’s folks and receive the best portion for that sweet little girl Mattie that has got my heart.  God bless you my love.  How bad I want to see you.  I will close, my love, for this time.  Good Bye Mattie until I hear from you again.  Write soon to your love, Tommie Boy.

Mrs Mattie A. Inglet

My Pen is bad, my ink is pale

My love for Mattie will never fail

Look at this and think of me

T W G Inglet

Looking for Photos & Service Records

Charles HOPKINS sitting at table with other uniformed men, one other in Navy and 4 in another uniform.  Charles HOPKINS is in the middle with a man's arm around him.

Charles HOPKINS in center of photo with other uniformed men.

On the last post I asked about the navy service record of Charles HOPKINS.  A reader named Ollie promptly replied that I could search for it at:    http://www.archives.gov/veterans/

If any one beats me to it, please let me know what you find.

Also I’m looking for photos of:

  • Ancestors
  • Meaningful Family Objects (send story as well)
  • Documents of Ancestors – letters, wills, deeds, etc

You can take a picture of any pictures/items you have with your smart phone, I-pad (tablet) or camera.  Please send it along.  There is interest in sharing these visual notes of history, not to mention the important role of teaching through image.