Letter from Manning Nelson to his wife, Elizabeth, July 23, 1943


Letter from Manning Nelson to his wife, Elizabeth, July 23, 1943


Letter written from Manning to "Lib" while stationed at Carlisle Barracks, Pa.



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Richland (S. C.)


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July 23, 1943

Dearest “Lib”

Well another day has gone, along with three weeks. Just three weeks to go. Finished another exam today. Didn’t do so well on it, but have done well on the others. I intended on waiting until I heard from you before writing. Didn’t receive a letter yesterday nor today. Guess there is some mix up in the mail. Usually get two letters one day and then don’t get any for two days. It sure does make me feel better to get letters and especially from you.

You inquired about my classes. Didn’t think you were interested in them. We study all of the workings of the army. There are plenty of papers to be signed for everything. Have drill, and study all sorts of military

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tactics (study of fighting in the war [sic]

Hope you are feeling well now. Suppose you had a nice quiet time out in the country. Think you deserve a rest. You sure have been working hard. Don’t work to [sic] hard. I think about you all of the time that I’m not under pressure. Want you to know that I’m very true to you and love you so much.

Got through with the problem without any trouble. Of course it wasn’t as bad as it was talked. Nobody got lost. We worked in pairs in a large field. Several of the boys walked around looking for their partner, from whom they had gotten lost earlier in the night.

Sure do want you up here and hope you will be able to come on the date that I mentioned in my previous letter. Think this will be a good time for us to get married. The date was Aug 7. We don’t have any exams, the last five

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days up here. Think we could get married the saturday night. We will have plenty of witnesses in Sam, Sarge, George and [France] along with several others. Beleive [sic] that if we leave up there on thursday for Camp Pickett that we want [sic] have to get there until sometimes friday. Am going downtown this weekend and see about some of the particulars on getting married in Penn. You know I’ve never gotten married before.

Hoping we can get married on Aug. 7 and of course hoping to see you soon.

All my love,

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[See original document for envelope.]


Nelson, Manning, “Letter from Manning Nelson to his wife, Elizabeth, July 23, 1943,” The Citadel Archives Digital Collections, accessed July 21, 2024, https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/1425.