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From the September 20, 1917 Skidmore News, page 1:

From Delavan Robbins.

Chickamauga Park, Ga. Sept 9, ’17

The Skidmore News, Skidmore, Mo.

Gentlemen, I thought I would write and tell you a few things about the army.  This military park is about eight miles from Chattanooga, Tenn. and every day we drill over the ground where the North and South fought.  All around are towers, monuments and bronze tablets telling of the battles.

In all the companies that are stationed here are about 20,000 men.  We are about four miles from Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.  Stationed there are about 600 German prisoners, taken from interned vessels on the coast, and some spies.

Some people may think we do not get fed good in the army, but if they were here they would, no doubt, think different, for today we had pork-chops, gravy potatoes, chocolate pudding and iced tea.

We drill now about eight and nine hours a day and some of the boys go in the awkward squad.  I have been lucky enough to keep out of it.  There is sure a good chance now for advancement if one tries to do right.

I have met several boys from northwest Missouri. I see Rex Johnson almost every day.  We are all anxious to go to France, but I think the chances are slim.

We have two moving picture shows on the ground and plenty of sports.  At present no soldiers are allowed in Chattanooga, Tenn., as a street car strike is on there.

I guess I had better close so the readers can read something else.

Delavan K. Robbins, Co. H, 11th Infantry, Chattanooga, Tenn.