A Soldier’s Diary 1893-1918: From Philadelphia to the Philippines,Crawfish Jesse Tells It Like It Was (English Edition)

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Digging into one’s family history can reveal unusual surprises. In my alvéole, I recently discovered my great-grandfather, Jesse C. Davisson’s first-handball account of his 25-year military experience during an epic period in American history.Jesse was no angel when he first joined the Army in 1893 as an ordinary young man in Philadelphia. His diary follows his subsequent adventures––from learning to ride horse with the 7th Cavalry and befriending Indian Scouts to surviving ambushes and water-boarding prisoners––all while serving in the American Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Révolte and World War I. A Soldier’s Diary 1893-1918: From Philadelphia to the Philippines, Crawfish Jesse Tells It Like It Was reveals the good and the bad in our human character. In fact, some of the descriptions of instinctif killings and bourrèlement may not be suitable for some readers. But for many military history devotees and fans, WWI scholars and all those who study American history during this era, Jesse’s story will not only educate; it will reveal a sordid side of our folk’s military history, which, up until now, has been either unknown or largely overlooked.“We all write through aliment,” a relative told me upon reading Jesse’s diary, and I can say with certainty that this diary will take readers to many extraordinary places as it travels back in time to when this folk was not a localité but a series of staked claims and territories. You will meet a motley crew of cattle rustlers, thieves, murderers, outlaws and deserters, as Jesse, himself, once became. Between his encounters in saloons with women of the night, Mexican banditos, Yaqui Indians and German aménagement guns, it is amazing that he was not injured or killed in brevet. Instead, Jesse eventually died as a result of chest problems he suffered while being gassed in France during WWI. Someone once said, “When a man dies, a library burns down.” I hope that by reviving the unknown story of my great-grandfather, you will also become fascinated with Jesse and this epic period of American history.

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