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In some cases, Earl Davis bound together manuscripts in bundles. This manuscript is part of one such bundle of seven, held together by four brass fasteners. Six of the seven can be dated to 1918.

With America’s entry into World War I in April 1917, a massive mobilization of troops was initiated. Fort Devens in Ayer, Massachusetts was one of the training facilities used for this purpose. Religious support for the troops-in-training was provided, and Earl C. Davis spent five months at Camp Devens (November 1917 through March 1918) providing this service as a voluntary chaplain. In this writing he describes his time there, the character of the troops, and the making of an army from individual men.

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Earl Clement Davis, minister, World War I, Unitarianism, Chaplains

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Five Months at Camp Devens [Four Fasteners Bundle]



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