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The letter-writing flurry began as soon as the recruits marched off to camp. Men in Indiana traveled various distances to the rendezvous sites, some close enough for relatives to visit them. But as soon as the soldiers were in camps-to train for battle, or in the midst of battle-they managed to find time to write.
Sometimes sad, sometimes funny, the letters all reflected the common denominator of military training - at the same time, both boring and excruciatingly demanding.