We had a reader response to “The Best War I Ever Expect to Have: Hall County Doughboys’ Letters Home” by Daryl Webb, which ran in the Spring 2016 edition of Nebraska History. Read Dr. Frank Edler of Lincoln, NE’s response below: First, I'd like to say that I appreciated Webb's article focusing on this issue and discussing the letters of the Nebraska soldiers of the American Expeditionary Forces, especially the ones dealing with the reasons for enlisting, the conditions of trench warfare, and the yearnings for returning home.
The NSHS Library/Archives Reference Staff help researchers from all over Nebraska and the world answer countless history, genealogy and research questions every day. With the vast resources available at NSHS, the answers are seemingly at our fingertips. Sometimes, however, even we the supposed experts get stumped. So, we are asking our blog and Facebook friends for a little help answering a particularly vexing question from one of our patrons.