Henry T. P. Cansler World War I Diary Vertical File Manuscript
[Back to Formatted Version]
Brief Description:

One pocket diary, 3 inches by 5 inches, containing a 49 pp., semi-literate, postwar account by Sergeant Henry T. P. Cansler of his service in Company C, 114th Machine Gun Battalion, 59th Infantry Brigade, 30th Division (nicknamed the Old Hickory Division) in World War I.  Covers the period from May 1, 1918, when he left training at Camp Sevier in South Carolina, to October 12, 1918, including the voyage to France, training in France, action near Ypres, and the Somme offensive, including the battle of Bellicourt.  Features graphic descriptions of bodies dismembered by artillery fire and his encounters with wounded and dying comrades and German prisoners.  Contains a list of the men in his unit.

Collection also includes a small account book, 3 by 5 inches, listing the names of men in his squad and their possessions; a brown cloth bag or wallet marked with the name of Arch M. Nelson, Sweetwater, Tennessee, a member of Cansler's unit; Nelson's metal Social Security card, in a leather holder; and a 1914 Webster pocket dictionary.

Held at:
Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
605 Agriculture Dr.
MC 6632
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618-453-2516
Fax: 618-453-3451
Email: speccoll [at] lib.siu.edu
Record Series Number: 1/8/1843
Created by: Cansler, Henry T. P., Nelson, Arch M.
Volume: 1.0 Folders
Arrangement: One folder.
Biographical Note for Cansler, Henry T. P. : A native of Sweetwater, Monroe County, Tennessee, Henry Cansler served as sergeant, Company C, 114th Machine Gun Battalion, 59th Infantry Brigade, 30th Division, American Expeditionary Force.
Subject Index
World War, 1914-1918 - France
Genres/Forms of Material
World War, 1914-1918 - Personal narratives, American
Languages of Materials
English [eng]