Camp Sevier1 Sept 25–1917–
My dear Papa2–
You will notice from the schedules of formations and other duties how very hard we are being kept “at it” down [here]. We officers have to be present at every one of these calls. We have had such very pleasant cool weather here, though, that we have gotten on very well. It is now reported that we will stay here until next spring and that lumber has been ordered to board up the sides of the tents.3 So many conflicting reports come down from headquarters that we know nothing definite. I suppose these reports are circulated with the purpose in view of keeping everyone in the dark as to the actual future movements of this division.4
I was so very glad to get your letter and hope that you will get some of the others to write me also whenever you all can find time. It is much harder on the officers down here then on the men for the officers in this regiment know nothing of artillery and have to study hard to pass the tactics on [to] the men besides working out the problems to govern the line of fire. It will be sometime though before we do any firing.
View of Camp Sevier, 1917. link: http://cdm16821.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p16821coll9/id/951. Furman University, Special Collections Library, Greenville, South Carolina.
Minton Hughes Dixon, Sr., (1849-1923)
Father of Richard Dillard, George Brownrigg, MacDonald, Mary Elizabeth, and Elizabeth MacDonald Dixon. Prominent merchant in Edenton, North Carolina. Served as a Justice of the Peace, Recorder’s Court Judge, and city councilman. Married Sallie Dillard (1860-1910) in 1886.
lumber has been ordered to board up the sides of the tents.3
Tents at Camp Sevier, 1917. link: http://cdm16821.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p16821coll9/id/942. Furman University, Special Collections Library, Greenville, South Carolina.
30th Division, also known as the “Old Hickory” Division. See entry in the Encyclopedia of North Carolina, link: http://www.ncpedia.org/old-hickory-division.