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1 Boxes to the Troops on Mon May 31, 2010 10:39 pm

I know Texas didn't have anything nearly as formal as the San Comm, but do you think that the boxes to the soldiers contained about the same type of personal items? I would assume so but I haven't read anything about it. Anyone have any references to things like this in Texas?

Annette

I figure that the San Comm lists are a great starting point. How
many things were sent to soldiers who wrote home: "Dear Sister, I
need a pair of socks" or "The food in camp is horrible; I miss your homemade jelly" without a written list (or a surviving one)?

Kimberly

Posted on Texas Civilian Yahoo list by Jim Bosworth

I would add that bottle corks, especially medicine, usually had varnish or shelac painted over them to seal the contents from contamination and leakage. I have also heard of peanuts being added loose much like modern styrafoam peanuts to prevent breakage. And don't forget the lads that thought they were going to get a bottle of whisky from home hidden inside a cooked turkey. It broke in transit, which led to inspection and confiscation. Alas.

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