Wesley U. Skelton letters

Wesley U. Skelton letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Skelton, Wesley U.
Title: Wesley U. Skelton letters
Dates: 1917-1918
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet (1 portfolio)
Coll. Number: ms3375

Biographical/Historical Note

Wesley U. Skelton entered the United States Armed Services on 28 December 1917. Skelton was from from Talmo, Georgia. He received his basic training at Camp Gordon in Atlanta before being attached to Company "E", 327th Infantry, 82nd Division. On 18 April 1918, his company was deployed to France. Private Skelton was killed in action while serving in the front line trenches on 13 September 1918. He was buried at St. Mihiel American Cemetery in Thiaucourt, France.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a number of letters written by Private Skelton during his basic training and the time he spent overseas. These letters were sent to his family in Talmo, Georgia. Most of the letters are addressed to his sister, Verna, and concern the well being of the family. The letters provide little information concerning the war effort. They focus mainly on more personal issues, such as the health of the family, the state of the family farm, and the condition of the local church.


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Church buildings--Georgia--Talmo.
Skelton family
Skelton, Verna -- Correspondence
Skelton, Wesley U. -- Correspondence
Soldiers--United States--Correspondence.
World War, 1914-1918--Personal narratives, American.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Wesley U. Skelton letters. MS 3375. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Letters, 1917-1918