Letters Home: Oppie Ross

An update from another Skidmore soldier boy appeared in the December 13, 1917 Skidmore News:

A Letter from Georgia

Chickamauga Park, Ga., Dec. 1
Mr. W. J. Skidmore and Friends:
I will try and write you once more and thank you for your paper.  I received it today and was sure glad to get to read about the many different ones up there and what they are doing for our Y.M.C.A.  The people are sure great here in the South. They give us all kinds of free concerts and we enjoy them.

We had a number of the Chattanooga Music Circle out to take Thanksgiving dinner and in the afternoon they gave us a concert at the Y.M.C.A. and invited us down Sunday to take dinner with them.

Our bill of fare for Thanksgiving was 17 turkeys, dressing, oyster soup, celery, olives, mashed potatoes, mince and pumpkin pie, two kinds of cake, sweet pickles, cranberry sauce, mixed nuts and candy, oranges and apples, butter and cocoa, 1 cigar and 1 package of cigarettes.

We go to the rifle range Monday for one week’s stay and will have target practice at 200, 300, and 600 yards.  Will take all week to shoot around once.

Will close hoping to hear from you all before I leave the states and we hear that will be between now and Xmas.  I will say goodbye and wish you a merry Xmas.

Your friend,
Oppie H. Ross
Co. H. 54th U.S. Inf. Chattanooga, Tenn.

P.S. There are several companies quarantined with the mumps and spinal meningitis here in the park.  O.R.