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Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1914-1918
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Unit of Service: 29th Division
  • Location of Service: France
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant

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"A fight seemed to be coming our way. I had no men, however, and we had no actual orders, so I stayed in bed and hoped the bombardment would go away." (Memoir, page 81)

George Sheppard's memoir of his service in "The GWW" (Great World War) is a frequently sardonic view of the absurdities of war. Upon his arrival in France, he watched his fellow officers, sure of their doom, blowing their last dollars on drinking and gambling. He later witnessed a sentry firing wildly at a tree rustling in the wind, setting off a barrage of grenades. One day, he and his men spent hours waiting for the start of a battle, only to find out that their orders were part of a ruse involving a bet between two American officers. In August 1918, he was reassigned to the States to conduct training exercises, only to encounter an enemy as deadly as the German Army: the influenza epidemic.

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About this Item

Title

  • George Brown Sheppard Collection

Names

  • Sheppard, George Brown
  • Taylor, Priscilla

State of Birth

  • PA

Headings

  • -  Sheppard, George Brown
  • -  World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.

Form

  • Memoirs

Extent

  • 1 item

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Male

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1914-1918

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Unit of Service: 29th Division
    • Location of Service: France
    • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
    • Dates of Service: 1917-1918
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Manuscript: Memoirs [1 item] -- (collected 1918)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/972

Cite as

  • George Brown Sheppard Collection (AFC/2001/001/972), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • image

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Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

The Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. The Veterans History Project Collection includes oral histories along with documentary materials such as original letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs.

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Citing VHP Materials

Please use the following formats when citing Veterans History Project materials (substituting the appropriate name and collection ID number).

Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Sheppard, George Brown, and Priscilla Taylor. George Brown Sheppard Collection. 1917. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.00972/.

APA citation style:

Sheppard, G. B. & Taylor, P. (1917) George Brown Sheppard Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.00972/.

MLA citation style:

Sheppard, George Brown, and Priscilla Taylor. George Brown Sheppard Collection. 1917. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.00972/>.