Letter Undated to Evan Thomas from Howard Moore

Date

xxxx-xx-xx

Title

Letter Undated to Evan Thomas from Howard Moore

Date

xxxx-xx-xx

Description

letter re: being an orderly at camp/base hospital during flu epidemic

Subject

WWI conscientious objection / objectors

Coverage

United States

Creator

Moore, Howard

Source

Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Publisher

Swarthmore College Peace Collection

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Language

English

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text

Transcription

Dear Evan:

If you could see me now you might doubt my status. I am in the white coat and trousers of a ward master. But, in reality, I am still a patient in Ward 6 – “a subject for treatment and observation.” I am still being fed and remain about normal.

There is an epidemic of influenza and pneumonia. Hospitals are all overcrowded and everyone working at high tension. Captain Henry asked me if I would help him out as he was “up against it.” So I helped the poor devils that came in here all I can, assisting where I can. Captain Henry says that it is to [sic] d---- bad that I am on the wrong side of this question as he would make me a ward master out of me. Now, that is indeed flattering to an ambitious C O.

It is rather interesting to observe Army efficiency for a while. It gives one a good idea of the need of it.

I haven’t received any report from Meade as yet.

Sister writes that no word has been received from your mother since she was en route for New York.

She’ll probably be back with you soon.

If there is anything I can do from here, let me know.

Best wishes to all. With warmest personal regards

Howard [Moore]

Citation

Moore, Howard, “Letter Undated to Evan Thomas from Howard Moore,” Conscientious Objection & the Great War: 1914-1920, accessed October 19, 2020, https://cosandgreatwar.swarthmore.edu/items/show/1716.

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