Lot of 64 postcards written by Samuel Woodfill (1883-1951) while serving with the US Army along the Texas/Mexico border during the Mexican Revolution. All postcards measure approx. 5.5 x 3.5 in. and are addressed to Lorena "Blossom" Wiltshire, Woodfill's future wife. Postcards were written between March 1914 and September 1915, and predominantly feature vibrant images of Texas, Mexico, and their inhabitants. A small number of postcards feature images from the conflict, including "After the Battle - Ravine Where the Dead Have Been Thrown" and "Carranza At the Front, Eating Hot Tomales." Several postcards feature images from Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.
Woodfill's correspondence contains the expected descriptions of camp life, daily activities, weather, training, and so on, but he also shares details about the conflict on the border. On 4/25/14 Woodfill writes from Laredo, Texas: "The smoke of the battle has cleared away today and Nueva Laredo is reduced to ashes. Hundreds of Refugees still flocking to this side. The advance guard of the Rebels came in and took possession this P.M." Months later there is still activity along the border with Woodfill writing on 11/20/14: "There were four more filibustering Mexicans arrested here yesterday and charged with recruiting on American soil and plotting an attack on Nueva Laredo Mex." Postcards are signed in various ways including "SW," "S. Woodfill," and "Woody." A representative of the Jefferson County Historical Society in Madison, IN has authenticated the signatures.
Samuel Woodfill was a veteran of WWI and WWII, and was one of the most celebrated soldiers of the early twentieth century. Woodfill distinguished himself most notably in October 1918 when, while under attack, he neutralized three German machine gun emplacements, and then successfully managed to lead his men back to safety without suffering any casualties. Woodfill's heroics were further enhanced by the fact that he was suffering from the effects of mustard gas while making his advances. For his "conspicuous daring" and "exceptional courage" Woodfill was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1919. In 1921 he was picked to serve as a pallbearer for the Unknown Soldier.
Good condition and easily legible.
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