My Grandfather’s Words: Wednesday July 24, 1918


Weather is very windy and dusty, but fairly cool.

Our breakfast today was corn cakes with syrup, Grapenuts cereal, native peaches, bread, and coffee. For dinner we had roast pork and spuds, bread, water, and pudding. Our supper was Lima beans, bread and water, spuds, and watermelon.

I was up at 5:15 and was too sleepy and lazy. I passed up my bath. The first call was at five this A.M. and mess call was at 6:30. There will be no reveille or retreat until this bunch of horses is on its way to England. I hear they are taking 2,500. I had haltered a bunch of horses when Lt. Eggleston slated me to be one of the men to lead the horses past the examining officers. So I helped lead horses the rest of the morning. In the afternoon I was engaged in haltering again. There were a few “outlaws” from the morning left in the little corral near the warehouse. I attempted to halter them. I had caught and haltered two of them, when I was working up a third when he kicked me in the right side in the region of the short ribs. I was banged against the fence, but managed to get me wind again. I finally got over the fence and propped up against a telephone pole for awhile. Top sent me down to the infirmary. There they said no ribs were broken. They strapped me up with some tape and told me to take it easy awhile. It was a pretty sore place tonight, but hope it will be right in the morning.

I had a letter from Honey Girl & wrote her. I wrote to Oliver, too, this evening. It is presently nine-thirty. I will head to bed soon.

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