George William Walker papers, 1913-1934
South Caroliniana Library, South Caroliniana Library
Charleston-native and Citadel-graduate George William Walker (b. 1894) served as a member of the American Expeditionary Force during World War I as a lieutenant in the 52nd Infantry Regiment. Letters written by Walker to his family between May 1917 and March 1918 describe his regimen at Officer’s
Training Camp at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, and those written between October 1918 and January 1919 document his military service in France. Of particular interest are letters of 31 October and 12 December 1918, in which he describes his experiences in the Argonne Forest during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, and letters of 13 November and 25 December 1918 providing news from the hospital where Walker was recovering from an attack of pneumonia.
Also included in the collection are two of photograph albums compiled by George William Walker’s sister, Claudia Walker [later Mrs. R.E. Muckenfuss, Jr.], containing family pictures from 1913 to 1920. These include shots of men and women enjoying leisure time at the beach, in the mountains, and on the Stono River in canoes and rowboats. The albums also show family members at home with a Christmas tree and decorations, with pet cats, and elsewhere. There are also three studio portraits of Walker in his Army uniform.