Letter from James C. Fanning to his family, September 21, 1949

Title

Letter from James C. Fanning to his family, September 21, 1949

Description

James C. Fanning, Class of 1953, wrote these letters to his family during his four years as a cadet at The Citadel.

Source

A2013.1

Publisher

The Citadel Archives & Museum

Date

Rights

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Relation

James C. Fanning Cadet Letter Collection

Format

application/pdf

Language

English

Type

Text

Identifier

https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/522

Coverage

Charleston (S.C.)

Date Valid

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[Page 1]
Sept. 21, 1949

Dear Daddy, Mother & Sandy,

What a day I have spent since I wrote. I made the tryouts for the band and Mr. Fried was well-pleased with me. He had quite a time stopping me once I got started playing. Last night we heard an address by Gen. Summerall. It was very good and inspiring.

Last night we learned from the upper training cadery [sic] the 4th class regulations. They said we would be treated like dogs and I believe it. The bracing is quite rough and the ritual at the dinner table is very unusual. But there is one consolation that all the upperclassmen had to go through with it too. The 9 members of the band training cadery [sic] are very

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fine boys and I doubt if there are any better in the corps.

We had English and IQ tests today, they were fairly easy but I probably failed them. Lots of vocabulary, mother, those crossword puzzles helped. The food is excellent practically no eggs except for desert [sic] & breakfast. For breakfast we have cereal & eggs.

March everywhere. Brace all the time, except in rooms.

Send me another pair of shoes, mother, the boys here have shoes that they can see their face on. They say that the old shoes I have won’t do so well.

Lots of love,
Jimmy

Citation

Fanning, James C., “Letter from James C. Fanning to his family, September 21, 1949,” The Citadel Archives Digital Collections, accessed June 12, 2021, https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/522.