Soldier's letter home from Private Edgar E. Owen, Co. H, 167th U.S. Infantry. Addressed to his wife, Mrs. Edgar E. Owen, Milltown, Chambers County, Alabama and written on Y.M.C.A. stationary.
Camp Mills, N.Y. Aug 2, 1918
My darling Cenus,
Got a letter from you today, also got a letter from Mamma. You can imagine how I appreciated them, for you say you enjoy getting my letters and you are at home. We are having such an easy time here it makes me almost feel as if I was at home. For the last tow days we've been having a short hike in the A.M. and nothing at all in the P.M.
About fifty percent of the boys are issued passes to go anywhere they please in the afternoon and believe me they are using them. I think I shall go to N.Y. tomorrow P.M. and see some of the "Wonders" you spoke of.
You wrote as if you were worried about you condition. I don't want you to be worrying at all, but if you do please don't write me about it, for it is hard enough to have to be away from you anyway and besides if is too late to help what has already happened. You can do as you please about teaching, of course if you in the condition as you think you could not teach the entire term.
I don't know when we will leave here but I've heard that we would leave next Tuesday. The boys are leaving here every day.
I never see Harvey or Dock of course though as they are at another camp. Clarence Yancey is in my regiment. I see him almost every day. Boy Thrower is also in my regiment, he lived near Tiller's Cross Roads. I don't know whether you knew him or not. I was sorry to hear of Mrs. Risers death but of course, death is a relief to her and her people as well.
I have already written you about the pictures be sure to give Mama one of them, and you keep the other two. Mamma wrote me that they had named [unreadable] baby Edgar Brown. I am sorry they did so - I think both names are ugly and besides they don't correspond at all. Yet I appreciate the act of naming the kid I am sure he will be a wonderful fellow. There is no special news so I will close. With lots of love, Edgar