Lester Durward Crowder papers

Lester Durward Crowder papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Crowder, Lester Durward, d. 1918
Title: Lester Durward Crowder papers
Dates: 1916-1918, 1939
Quantity: 0.05 Linear feet (3 folders; MS 3041 to MS 3044 housed together in 1 half box)
Coll. Number: ms3041

Biographical/Historical Note

Lester Durward Crowder (d. 1918) lived in West Point, Georgia. He served in Company F, 167th Infantry, 42nd Division/Rainbow Division during World War I. He has the rank of Corporal, and is buried in France near where he fell along with many others. He is buried in one of the American Battle Monuments Commission Cemeteries - the Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial in northern France.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of correspondence and clippings. Most of the letters were written by Lester Crowder to his sister Lucile, his brother Garrett, and his mother (Mrs. Henry G. Crowder) in West Point, Georgia. He enlisted in June 1917 and his first letters are from Montgomery, Alabama. His company is then sent to Camp Mills in Hempstead, New York and later on to France where he is killed in battle on July 28, 1918. Although Crowder mentions his life as a soldier, he gives no details of the war itself. His letter of September 25, 1917 lists the soldiers in his squad. Also included are correspondence and clippings concerning Crowder's death.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Crowder, Garrett -- Correspondence
Crowder, Henry G., Mrs. -- Correspondence
Crowder, Lester Durward, d. 1918 -- Correspondence
Crowder, Lucile -- Correspondence
Soldiers--Georgia--West Point--Correspondence.
United States. Army. -- Military life
United States. Army. Infantry Regiment, 167th. Company F.
World War, 1914-1918.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lester Durward Crowder papers. MS 3041. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Correspondence, 1916-1917 October
2Correspondence, 1917 November-1918, 1939, undated
3Clippings, empty envelopes, Veterans card