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Diamond, Sidney, (1922-1945) to Estelle Spero

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09120.222 Author/Creator: Diamond, Sidney, (1922-1945) Place Written: Cause Swift, Texas Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 26 April 1943 Pagination: 3 p. ; 18.5 x 26.5 cm.

Diamond describes the experience of having been train quartermaster for the duration of the journey from Louisiana. He then discusses the pleasure of sleeping in a bed and showering after six weeks in a tent.

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