Letter December 28, 1918 from David Eichel to Parents




Letter December 28, 1918 from David Eichel to Parents




WWI conscientious objection / objectors


Eichel, David


Swarthmore College Peace Collection


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[December 28, 1918]

P.O. Box No. 60
Dear folks:

I have had extended to me the privilege of writing to you for the second time since my advent to the D.B's. The last few days have been signalized by some very favorable changes. To begin with, we all had our Christmass dinner. Thus our Christmass, tho not entirely to our liking, was comparatively cheerful.

Thursday afternoon all solitary prisoners were unexpectedly ordered to pack their personal belongings and after some minor preliminaries we were marched in a body out of the D.B's to the Post Guard House. Here we were divided into two distinct

groups and put into two large cages, similar to the ones at the Riley Guard House. We were given beds, mattresses and pillows and made physically comfortable. We were again restored to regular diet. Thus, all the disadvantages of solitary confinement were effectually removed. We now have each others company and are free to do whatever we please. Julius, of course, is with me, and we are once more in a position to enjoy each others society. Both of us are in excellent health despite our lengthy stay in solitary.

We are now busy planning how best to adjust ourselves to our confinement here & keep ourselves occupied both mentally and physically. we have been assured by the officials here that they would, in so far as possibly, cooperate in making conditions here conducive toward these ends. We will in all probability organize classes in various subjects, similar to those we formerly had at Upton.

I have learned that camp Funston is now being investigated because of our treatment while confined at the M.P. Guard House there. The diary contained a resumee of events during that tense period had reached Wash. & an immediate

investigation has been ordered. The officials at camp deny mistreatment of C.O's & brand the statements in the diary - "a pack of lies. I understand that those implicated are facing court-martial & perhaps subsequent dismissal from the army. I sincerely regret that the affair is being solved thus. Personally, I want no one punished for the regretable affairs at Funston. What I am interested in is the establishing of the veracity of the statements in the diary since I wrote it. With no other end in view than the making impossible of the recurrence of such an affair.

It seems rather unusual that neither Julius nor I have received any letters from home since Jan. [June?] 6. I hate to think that you are neglecting us. Hereafter it will not be necessary to write to each of us separately, since we are both together.

Allow me again to assure you that both Julius and I are well physically and in fine spirit. Do not imagine that I am making light of a serious predicament but I am honestly and truly

setting forth our real feelings. They boys with me without exception are all in excellent spirits.

Our kindest regards and love to you all.

P.S. Julius received the [illegible word] and the picture of baby sent him by Clara and he asked me to extend his thanks to her.


Eichel, David, “Letter December 28, 1918 from David Eichel to Parents ,” Conscientious Objection & the Great War: 1914-1920, accessed August 1, 2021, https://cosandgreatwar.swarthmore.edu/items/show/42.

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