John Alexander World War I correspondence
- Alexander, John G. (John Gurnels), 1888- (Author, Person)
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Biographical / Historical
It is not clear when Alexander married Alma Hood (from Lutherville, Maryland), but in 1917 they were living in Atlanta and their son John "Hood" Alexander was born. When the war ended Alexander worked in Atlanta for a few years until 1922, when he enrolled as a law student at the University of Maryland College Park. In February 1927 Alma died of "illness" at Johns Hopkins hospital, Baltimore, after being sick for about a year. A newspaper clipping of her obituary is among the documents of this collection. Alexander continues to take care of their son, who, as a teenager, writes enthusiastically from Summer Camp "Dixie", in Colorado.
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He calls Alma his "dear darling little girl" and is constantly reassuring her that he will be fine and that the war is about to end: "I suspect to see the Germans make a desperate effort real soon, but the Allies will hold them". Even though the mail service was very uncertain - he even asked a surgeon to take a letter in an ambulance once - Alexander corresponded with his wife regularly, and asked her to keep his letters for later reference.
After the war, there are letters sent from Alexander's teenage son "Hood" every time he went away for summer camp from 1928 to 1932.
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