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This is a memoir of Crawfish Jesse Davisson covering his time in the United States Army from 1893 to 1918. The book provides insight into what life was like for a foot and cavalry soldier. Davisson tells about life in the late 1890s American Indian Wars. He served in Troop G of the 7th Cavalry in Texas. He served in the 1898 Spanish American War in Puerto Rico and also in the Philippine insurrection. Jesse tells about his service during World War One; he fought in the Belleau Woods in France where he survived being gassed.
Jesse wrote excellent descriptions of war including its brutality. It is obvious he was not highly educated but his writings are simple and descriptive. Apparently, Alison W. Wilkom is the great granddaughter of Jesse. The diary was handed down amongst her family. Alison added information in separate chapters to provided background information and enhance enjoyment of the story. She also provided a detailed description of Jesse’s military medals. Alison was active in genealogy and published her great grandfather’s diary. This is a great example of the treasure trove of history that could be found by those interested in their family history. I hope this book will encourage more people to publish the stories of their ancestors.
I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. The book is only five hours long. David Leland Horton does a good job narrating the book. Horton is a voice-over artist and audiobook narrator. Just a note, apparently the book format contains photographs that are not available in the audiobook format.
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