Hezekiah Scovil Porter WW I Diary Transcription continued

The following is the next installment of the transcription of Hezekiah Scovil Porter’s diary of his time in the army until his death at Chateau Thierry on July 22, 1918. Again there is one from the beginning of the book and one from 100 years ago today.

Original is in black, annotations in red, horizontal lines indicate page breaks.

 


(France)

Friday Nov. 9th

Hiked over to a town this. Raining + got soaked. Raining too hard for doing anything this P.M.

 


(France)

Saturday Mar 9th.

Calisthenics this A.M. General clean up. Inspection this P.M.

 


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Ember Rising, the latest in S. D. Smith's Green Ember series, is now available!  I have just completed a delicious re-read of all the previous books—The Green Ember, The Black Star of Kingston, Ember Falls, and The Last Archer—and am almost halfway through my advance copy of Ember Rising.  It was hard to wait patiently to read the new book, but worthwhile to get the old stories clear in my head again.  (I am not like J. R. R. Tolkien, for whom there was only one "first reading" of a book.  I read voraciously, and I read fast—but I forget quickly, too, and don't really remember a book until I've read it several times.)

So, any of you Green Ember fans who didn't get advance copies, now's your chance!  Here's the link at S. D. Smith's store, and here's Amazon's.

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Hezekiah Scovil Porter WW I Diary Transcription continued

The following is the next installment of the transcription of Hezekiah Scovil Porter’s diary of his time in the army until his death at Chateau Thierry on July 22, 1918. Again there is one from the beginning of the book and one from 100 years ago today.

Original is in black, annotations in red, horizontal lines indicate page breaks.

 


(France)

Thursday Nov. 8th

Raining.  Went after wood up in woods after wood this A.M.  Went again this P.M.  Tried to clean off some of mud on mess strut this P.M.  Stoves installed in our barracks this P.M.

 


(France)

Friday Mar. 8th

Warm + like spring. Drill this A.M. Played ball + quakes this P.M. (Quakes may be a form of craps.)

 


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Hezekiah Scovil Porter WW I Diary Transcription continued

The following is the next installment of the transcription of Hezekiah Scovil Porter’s diary of his time in the army until his death at Chateau Thierry on July 22, 1918. Again there is one from the beginning of the book and one from 100 years ago today.

Original is in black, annotations in red, horizontal lines indicate page breaks.

 


(France)

Wednesday Nov 7th

Laid up today with bum feet. Didn’t


do anything much.

 


(France)

Thursday Mar 7th

Fine day. Drill this A.M. Hike this P.M.

 


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Hezekiah Scovil Porter WW I Diary Transcription continued

The following is the next installment of the transcription of Hezekiah Scovil Porter’s diary of his time in the army until his death at Chateau Thierry on July 22, 1918. Again there is one from the beginning of the book and one from 100 years ago today.

Original is in black, annotations in red, horizontal lines indicate page breaks.

 


(France)

Tuesday Nov 6th.

Walked to town this A.M.  All got steel helmets.  Back late. Dinner late.  Hungry.  Little talk by Hartford pastor this P.M. then hiked to woods for firewood.  Tired + sore feet tonight.

 


(France)

Wednesday Mar. 6th

Fine day – warm

Off guard at 1:30

 


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Hezekiah Scovil Porter WW I Diary Transcription continued

The following is the next installment of the transcription of Hezekiah Scovil Porter’s diary of his time in the army until his death at Chateau Thierry on July 22, 1918. Again there is one from the beginning of the book and one from 100 years ago today.

Original is in black, annotations in red, horizontal lines indicate page breaks.

 


(France)

Monday Nov. 5th

Up early.  Went on about 6 mile hike this A.M. Sitting up exercises afterward then double time back to camp.  Drill this P.M. then another hike mostly up hill.  Letter from Polly this evening. (Polly was his sister.)

 


(France)

Tuesday Mar. 5th

Drill this A.M. On guard at 1:30.

 


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Hezekiah Scovil Porter WW I Diary Transcription continued

The following is the next installment of the transcription of Hezekiah Scovil Porter’s diary of his time in the army until his death at Chateau Thierry on July 22, 1918. Again there is one from the beginning of the book and one from 100 years ago today.

Original is in black, annotations in red, horizontal lines indicate page breaks.

 


(France)

Sunday Nov. 4th

Went for short hike this A.M.  Filled beds with straw. Nothing much doing.

 


(France)

Monday Mar. 4th

Drill this A.M. Snow. Short hike this P.M.

 


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Hezekiah Scovil Porter WW I Diary Transcription continued

The following is the next installment of the transcription of Hezekiah Scovil Porter’s diary of his time in the army until his death at Chateau Thierry on July 22, 1918. Again there is one from the beginning of the book and one from 100 years ago today.

Original is in black, annotations in red, horizontal lines indicate page breaks.

 


(France)

Sat. Nov. 3rd

Up late. Had good sleep.  Breakfast at 9. Nothing doing all day.

 


(France)

Sunday March 3rd

Punk day – nothing doing.

 


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Hezekiah Scovil Porter WW I Diary Transcription continued

The following is the next installment of the transcription of Hezekiah Scovil Porter’s diary of his time in the army until his death at Chateau Thierry on July 22, 1918. Again there is one from the beginning of the book and one from 100 years ago today.

Original is in black, annotations in red, horizontal lines indicate page breaks.

 


(France)

Friday Nov. 2nd

Arrived In Neuf Chateau (sic) about 9 A.M. Hiked over to Mont Neuf Chateau this A.M.  Other American troops.  Saw lots of them on way today.  Put in small new Barracks with headquarters.  Pretty good quarters.

 


(France)

Saturday March 2nd

Snowing + blowing + cold. Short drill this A.M. Nothing doing this P.M.

 


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Hezekiah Scovil Porter WW I Diary Transcription continued

The following is the next installment of the transcription of Hezekiah Scovil Porter’s diary of his time in the army until his death at Chateau Thierry on July 22, 1918. Again there is one from the beginning of the book and one from 100 years ago today.

Original is in black, annotations in red, horizontal lines indicate page breaks.

 


(France)

Thurs Nov 1st

Rode all day.  Slowly.  Broke coupling.  No other excitement.  Bully beef + hard tack for grub.  Another night of bum sleep.

 


(France)

Friday March 1st

Spent most of day getting ready + packing up to go.  Order came about 6 P.M. that they didn’t need me.  Heard Dr. Shankin of Wesleyan speak this eve over in dug out.  Snowing + cold – not so sorry I’m not going.

 


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Hezekiah Scovil Porter WW I Diary Transcription continued

The following is the next installment of the transcription of Hezekiah Scovil Porter’s diary of his time in the army until his death at Chateau Thierry on July 22, 1918. Again there is one from the beginning of the book and one from 100 years ago today.

Original is in black, annotations in red, horizontal lines indicate page breaks.

 


(England, crossing the English Channel, France)

Oct. 28th Sunday

Wrote letters this A.M.  Went on a short hike this P.M.  Downtown this evening and had a feed.

Monday Oct. 29th

Up early this A.M.  Rolled packs to go away.  Left about 1 P.M.  Down to boat + waited till about 5 before off.  Left Southampton + went across to Havre (sic) France.  Awful trip across.  Very rough + no place to sleep.  Oct. 30th Arrived about 10 A.M.  Long hike to camp.  All up hill.  In tents again on board floors.  Raining + muddy.  Lots of Canadians here. 7/8 of them are Americans.  Good night’s sleep.

Wed Oct 31st

Rolled packs this A.M.  Late mess. Left this P.M. for R.R. station.  Long and hard hike. 2 hrs. About 7 miles.  Had to wait 6 hrs. for train.  Boarded train about


12:15 this evening.  Rotten sleep.  8 in small compartment.  Like Eng. Trains.

 


(France)

Thursday Feb. 28th

Nothing much doing today.  Worked on cars some this P.M. Got orders tonight to be ready to go to Front tomorrow.

 


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Hezekiah Scovil Porter WW I Diary Transcription continued

The following is the next installment of the transcription of Hezekiah Scovil Porter’s diary of his time in the army until his death at Chateau Thierry on July 22, 1918. Again there is one from the beginning of the book and one from 100 years ago today.

Original is in black, annotations in red, horizontal lines indicate page breaks.

 


(England)

Oct. 27th Saturday

On detail to unload provisions at freight yards.  Downtown tonight . Feed + bath.

 


(France)

Wednesday Feb 27th

On K.P. all day.  Drove up to front this eve – took some “C” men up + brought back some of our fellows – they returned tonight. Awful night. Dark as pitch – raining hard.

 


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Hezekiah Scovil Porter WW I Diary Transcription continued

The following is the next installment of the transcription of Hezekiah Scovil Porter’s diary of his time in the army until his death at Chateau Thierry on July 22, 1918. Again there is one from the beginning of the book and one from 100 years ago today.

Original is in black, annotations in red, horizontal lines indicate page breaks.

 


(England)

Oct. 26th Friday

Fine day. Nothing doing in particular. Quite cold. Downtown this evening and had a feed.

 


(France)

Tuesday Feb. 26th

Worked on cars all day. The Bosch shot down a balloon that was up over our heads here this P.M. Some noise.

 


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Hezekiah Scovil Porter WW I Diary Transcription continued

The following is the next installment of the transcription of Hezekiah Scovil Porter’s diary of his time in the army until his death at Chateau Thierry on July 22, 1918. Again there is one from the beginning of the book and one from 100 years ago today.

Original is in black, annotations in red, horizontal lines indicate page breaks.

 


(England)

Oct. 25th Thursday

On Kitchen.  Up at 4 A.M.  Still lots of mud.  Broke camp after breakfast + to station + boarded.  Arrived in Southampton about 11 A.M. 3 mile walk to camp.  Fine country.  Mud.  Lots of Americans downtown tonight + had a good feed.

 


(France)

Monday Feb. 25th

Off guard at 5 P.M.

 


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Hezekiah Scovil Porter WW I Diary Transcription continued

The following is the next installment of the transcription of Hezekiah Scovil Porter’s diary of his time in the army until his death at Chateau Thierry on July 22, 1918. Again there is one from the beginning of the book and one from 100 years ago today.

Original is in black, annotations in red, horizontal lines indicate page breaks.

 


(England)

(October 24 was part of the October 23 entry.)

 


(France)

Sunday Feb. 24th

Worked on cars this A.M.

On guard this P.M.

 


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