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Herbert S. Musgrave First World War correspondence

Identifier: 2022-128-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains two letters written by Cpl. Herbert S. Musgrave, AEF to his cousin Valeta Dunlap from France during the First World War. The main topics of the letters include German artillery, the nature of trench warfare, and the small French village he wrote from.

Musgrave wrote a letter dated August 18, 1918 from a small French village to Valeta after spending time in the trenches where German "shells would whistle over our heads day and night almost constantly and all night long rockets would be sent up to light up no-man's land." Despite the scale of these bombardments, Graves was suprised at "the fact that so many of the German shells failed to explode." He also wrote about the great number of casualties, predicting that they would probably lose many more men.

In his second letter to Valeta dated October 6, 1918 Musgraves wrote about the great progress they have achieved against the Germans. He also described conditions in the trenches as a "sea of mud" saying that "when you have Fritz on the run you can't stop for such triffles", referring his muddied uniform and poor living condition. Graves described "some of the men are so bold as to bet the war will be over in two or three weeks." The First World War would come to an end November 11, 1918.


  • 1918 August 18 - 1918 October 6

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This collection is open for research.

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There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

Corporal Herbert Spencer Musgrave, American Expeditionary Force (1888 - 1978) was born in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska to William L. Musgrave and Gertrude M. Musgrave.


.01 Linear Feet ((1 folder) )

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This collection contains two letters written by Corporal Herbert S. Musgrave, AEF to his his cousin Valeta Dunlap during the First World War.


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Rosemary Coskey

Finding Aid for the Herbert S. Musgrave First World War correspondence
Frank J. López-Huerta
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States