Food was often a topic of conversation in letters to home. The letters included in this section reflect a deep longing for Southern cuisine and home cooking.
Letter, Percy C. Scott to his father, May 3, 1919.
A typed letter sent from Percy C. Scott to his father. Scott served in France during World War I. In this letter, Scott tells his father he's disappointed that he will miss out on the strawberry harvest back home that year. He also reminisces about his mother's chocolate cake.
Photograph, Bigadier General William E. Brougher, undated.
Candid photograph of Brigadier General William E. Brougher, a member of the United States Army who served in the Battle of Bataan. Brougher served in the Philippines from October 1939 and was eventually captured as a prisoner of war in 1942. He remained a prisioner of war until April 1945.
Diary, Brigadier General William E. Brougher, January 1, 1943-January 10, 1943.
The diary of Brigadier General William E. Brougher. During his time as a prisoner of war, he kept a steady diary. In these entries, Brougher describes his New Year's Day dinner, the food from his garden, local holidays, and his days working in the camp.
Photograph, James Franklin "Frank" Buchanan, undated.
Photograph of James Franklin "Frank" Buchanan, a World War II Army veteran and a 1932 graduate of Mississippi State College.
Letter, James Franklin "Frank" Buchanan to Charlie and Dot Smith, December 27, 1944.
Correspondence from James Franklin "Frank" Buchanan, to Charlie and Dot Smith. In this letter, Buchanan describes the cattle pastures he has seen while stationed in England. He also writes about not receiving any Christmas packages and the quality of food while serving overseas. He indicates that he desires some cornbread and black-eyed peas.
Photograph, William Neill Bogan, Jr., undated.
Service photograph of William Neill Bogan, Jr. Bogan served in World War II in the 283rd Combat Engineer Batallion.
Letter, William Neill Bogan, Jr., to Juliette Chamberlin, November 9, 1945.
Correspondence from William Neill Bogan, Jr., to Juliette Chamberlin. In this letter, Bogan describes hunting for deer and rabbit, and he thanks Chamberlin for sending him candy, peanuts, caramels, and books.