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"My own dear wife--gee, it thrills me to write that." (letter to Josephine Jones, 8/12/1917)

   Ralph Emerson Jones
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[Detail] Ralph Emerson Jones during World War I
War: World War, 1914-1918
Branch: Army
Unit: 333rd Infantry
Service Location: Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana; Camp Zachary Taylor, Kentucky; Camp Sherman, Chillicothe, Ohio; Camp Merritt, New Jersey; Camp d'Auvours and Le Mans, France
Rank: Captain
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While Captain Ralph Emerson Jones did not have to face the horrors of trench warfare during his service in France, his time in the Army was marked by hardships nonetheless—namely, his separation from his beloved wife, Josephine. A newlywed when he departed for France in the summer of 1918, he was a prolific correspondent. In addition to recording his leisure activities and observations of French life, nearly all of his letters mention his love for Josephine and his loneliness without her. As his correspondence illustrates, being apart from loved ones often made the challenges of service overseas even harder to bear.

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Letter to Josephine Thomas [6/23/1917] Letter to Josephine Thomas [7/5/1917] Letter to Josephine Thomas [7/12/1917]
Telegram to Josephine Thomas [7/12/1917] Telegram to Josephine Thomas [7/11/1917] Telegram to Josephine Thomas [7/11/1917]
Letter to Josephine Thomas [7/13/1917] Telegram to Josephine Thomas Letter to Josephine Thomas [7/15/1917]
Letter to Josephine Thomas [7/15/1917] Telegram to Josephine Thomas [7/12/1917] Letter to Josephine Thomas [7/16/1917]
Letter to Josephine Thomas [7/17/1917] Letter to Josephine Thomas [7/19/1917] Letter to Josephine Thomas [7/20/1917]
Letter to Josephine Thomas [7/21/1917] Letter to Josephine Thomas [7/25/1917] Letter to Josephine Thomas [7/30/1917]
Letter to Josephine Thomas [8/1/1917] Letter to Josephine Thomas [8/2/1917] Letter to Josephine Thomas
Letter to Josephine Thomas Letter to Josephine Thomas Letter to Josephine Thomas
Letter to Josephine Thomas Letter to Josephine Thomas Letter to Josephine Thomas [8/12/1917]
Letter to Josephine Thomas [8/13/1917] Letter to Josephine Thomas [8/18/1917] Letter to Josephine Thomas
Letter to Josephine Thomas Letter to Josephine Thomas [9/22/1917] Letter to Josephine Thomas [9/10/1917]
Letter to Josephine Thomas [9/26/1917] Letter to Josephine Thomas [9/30/1917] Letter to Josephine Thomas [October 2, 1917]
Letter to Josephine Thomas [October 6, 1917] Letter to Josephine Thomas [October 12, 191] Letter to Josephine Thomas [October 13, 1917]
Letter to Josephine Thomas [October 21, 1917] Letter to Josephine Thomas [October 28, 1917] Letter to Josephine Thomas [November 20, 1917]
Letter to Josephine Thomas [November 22, 1917] Letter to Josephine Thomas [November 24, 1917] Letter to Josephine Thomas [November 30, 1917]
Letter to Josephine Thomas [December 6, 1917] [Fragment] Letter to Josephine Thomas [December 19, 1917] Letter to Josephine Thomas Monday Nite [December 1917]
Letter to Josephine Thomas [December 28, 1917] Letter to Josephine Thomas [December 29, 1917] [Fragment] Letter to Josephine Thomas [January, 1918]
Letter to Josephine Thomas January 4, 1918 Letter to Josephine Thomas [January 8, 1918] Letter to Josephine Thomas [January 12, 1918]
Letter to Josephine Thomas January 14, 1918 Letter to Josephine Thomas Thursday [undated] January 1918 Letter to Josephine Thomas January 18, 1918
Letter to Josephine Thomas January 20, 1918 Letter to Josephine Thomas January 22, 1918 Letter to Josephine Thomas January 23, 1918
Letter to Josephine Thomas February 10, 1918 Letter to Josephine Thomas February 13, 1918 Letter to Josephine Thomas February 17, 1918
Letter to Josephine Thomas February 22, 1918 Letter to Josephine Thomas February 25, 1918 Letter to Josephine Thomas February 26, 1918
Letter to Josephine Thomas March 5, 1918 [Fragment] Letter to Josephine Thomas March 6, 1918 Letter to Josephine Thomas March 14, 1918
Letter to Josephine Thomas March 17, 1918 Letter to Josephine Thomas March 20, 1918 Letter to Josephine Thomas March 27, 1918
Letter to Josephine Thomas March 31, 1918 Letter to Josephine Thomas April 18, 1918 Letter to Josephine Thomas April 18, 1918
Letter to Josephine Thomas June 3, 1918 Letter to Josephine Thomas June 8, 1918 Letter to Josephine Thomas June 10, 1918
Western Union Telegram to Josephine Thomas July 9, 1918 Letter to Josephine Thomas July 10, 1918 Letter to Josephine Thomas July 12, 1918
Letter to Josephine Thomas July 12, 1918 Letter to Josephine Thomas July 21, 1918 Letter to Mr. And Mrs Thomas August 17, 1918
Letter to Josephine Thomas August 20. 1918 Letter to Josephine Thomas August 22, 1918 Letter to Josephine Thomas February 10, 1919
Letter to Josephine Thomas February 27, 1919 Letter to Josephine Thomas June 8, 1919 Letter to Josephine Thomas June 14, 1919
Letter to Josephine Thomas June 16, 1919 Letter to Josephine Thomas June 18, 1919 Letter to Josephine Thomas October 18, 1919
Letter to Josephine Jones [undated] September, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones [undated] September, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones [undated] September, 1918
Letter to Josephine Jones [undated] September, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones [undated] September, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones [undated] September, 1918
Letter to Josephine Jones September 14, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones September 16, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones September 18, 1918
Letter to Josephine Jones September 19, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones September 22, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones September 23, 1918
Letter to Josephine Jones [undated] September, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones September 27, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones September 28, 1918
Letter to Josephine Jones September 29, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones October 1, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones October 2, 1918
Letter to Josephine Jones October 4, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones October 9, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones October 10, 1918
Letter to Josephine Jones October 16, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones October 16, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones October 18, 1918
Letter to Josephine Jones October 19, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones October 20, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones October 12, 1918
Letter to Josephine Jones October 13, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones October 12, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones October 5, 1918
Letter to Josephine Jones October 15, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones October 21, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones October 23, 1918
Letter to Josephine Jones [undated] October, 1918 [fragment] Letter to Josephine Jones October 29, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones October 25, 1918
Letter to Josephine Jones October 27, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones November 1, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones November 3, 1918
Letter to Josephine Jones November 7, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones November 10, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones November 11, 1918
Letter to Josephine Jones November 15, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones November 7, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones November 17, 1918
Letter to Josephine Jones November 21, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones November 24, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones November 26, 1918
Letter to Josephine Jones November 27, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones [undated] Novemeber, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones December 1, 1918
Letter to Josephine Jones December 2, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones December 3, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones December 6, 1918
Letter to Josephine Jones December 9. 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones December 27, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones December 9, 1918
Letter to Josephine Jones December 15, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones December 22, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones December 26, 1918
Letter to Josephine Jones December 29, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones December 31, 1918 Letter to Josephine Jones January 3, 1919
Letter to Josephine Jones January 7, 1919 Letter to Josephine Jones January 9, 1919 Letter to Josephine Jones January 11, 1919
Letter to Josephine Jones January 13, 1919 Letter to Josephine Jones January 14, 1919 Letter to Josephine Jones January 16, 19191
Letter to Josephine Jones January 18, 1919 Letter to Josephine Jones January 19, 1919 Letter to Josephine Jones January 20, 1919
Letter to Josephine Jones January 23, 1919 Letter to Josephine Jones January 26, 1919 Letter to Josephine Jones January 27, 1919
Letter to Josephine Jones January 27, 1919 Letter to Josephine Jones January 29, 1919 Letter to Josephine Jones January 30, 1919
Letter to Josephine Jones February 2, 1919 Letter to Josephine Jones February 4, 1919 Letter to Josephine Jones February 6, 1919
Letter to Josephine Jones February 11, 1919 Letter to Josephine Jones February 14, 1919 Letter to Josephine Jones February 20, 1919
Letter to Josephine Jones February 21, 1919 Letter to Josephine Jones February 22, 1919 Letter to Josephine Jones February 23, 1919
Letter to Josephine Jones February 24, 1919 Letter to Josephine Jones February 25, 1919 Letter to Josephine Jones January 28, 1919
Letter to Josephine Jones March 2, 1919 Letter to Josephine Jones March 4, 1919 Letter to Josephine Jones March 8, 1919
Letter to Josephine Jones March 10, 1919 Letter to Josephine Jones from French Girl, March 3, 1919 Letter to Josephine Jones March 13, 1919
Letter to Josephine Jones March 12, 1919 Letter to Josephine Jones March 16, 1919 Letter to Josephine Jones March 17, 1919
Letter to Josephine Jones March 19, 1919 Letter to Josephine Jones March 22, 1919 Letter to Josephine Jones March 31, 1919
Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones [4/3/1919 and 4/8/1919] Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones [4/7/1919] Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones [4/8/1919]
Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones [4/10/1919] Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones [4/11/1919] Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones [4/12/1919]
Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones [4/14/1919] Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones
Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones [4/18/1919] Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones [4/19/1919] Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones [4/20/1919]
Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones [4/24/1919] Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones [4/22/1919] Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones [4/22/1919]
Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones [4/26/1919] Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones [4/27/1919] Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones [4/28/1919]
Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones [4/30/1919] Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones [3/2/1919] Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones [5/3/1919]
Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones [5/5/1919] Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones [5/9/1919] Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones [5/7/1919]
Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones [5/12/1919] Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones [5/15/1919] Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones [5/16/1919]
Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones [5/18/1919] Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones [5/20/1919] Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones [5/23/1919]
Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones [5/25/1919] Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones [5/27/1919] Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones [5/28/1919]
Letter to Josephine Thomas [7/17/1916] Letter to Josephine Thomas Letter to Josephine Thomas [10/7/1917]
Letter to Josephine Thomas [11/30/1917] Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones [5/27/1925] Letter to Josephine Thomas [6/1919]
Letter to Josephine Thomas Letter to Josephine Thomas [6/6/1919] Letter to Josephine Thomas [6/20/1919]
Letter to Josephine Thomas [6/21/1919] Letter to Josephine Thomas [7/7/1919] Letter to Josephine Thomas [7/8/1919]
Letter to Josephine Thomas Jones [7/9/1919] Telegram to Josephine Thomas Jones [7/11/1919] Envelope addressed to Mrs. Ralph E. Jones [7/1919]
Telegram to Josephine Thomas Jones [7/7/1919] Letter written by Josephine Thomas to her mother [November 1917] Letter to Josephine Thomas [December 1917]
Correspondence to Captain Ralph E. Jones [9/27/1918] Letter from Josephine Thomas to Mrs. Walker Letter to Josephine Thomas [9/11/1917]
Letter to Josephine Thomas [9/13/1917]  
  
 

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