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Barger Brothers, Soldiers, World War I Letters

Collection Number: A&M 3678

Scope and Contents

World War I letters authored by brothers Joe Douglas Barger (26 items) and Pat Burnley S. Barger (37 items) to their sisters Lula and Juanita Barger of Princeton, Mercer County, West Virginia, their home town. Joe served on the front lines in France with Battery A, 315th Field Artillery, American Expeditionary Force (AEF), while his brother worked in a railway shop for Company B, 49th Engineers, AEF. Topics of letters include descriptions of everyday life in camp, entertainment, health, sending and receiving letters from home, and family life.

Joe Douglas "Mick" Barger's letters home are short and direct, containing minimal information, while the letters of his brother, Pat Burnley S. "Nick" Barger, are very detailed, including information about camp life and his work at a railway shop.

Series include:
Series 1. Letters by Joe Douglas Barger, 1917 December 12-1919 April 30
Series 2. Letters by Pat Burnley S. Barger, 1918 June 10-1919 May 8
Series 3. Letters and Other Material, 1918–1919


  • Creation: 1917-1919
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1919


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0.25 Linear Feet (Summary: 2 1/2 in. (1 document case))

Physical Location

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Barger Brothers, Soldiers, World War I Letters, 1917-1919
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Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US