My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from World War I

April 6, 2017 – November 29, 2018

National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, DC

Level 1, Mail Call Floor Plan

Through personal correspondence written on the frontlines and home front, this centennial exhibition uncovers the history of America’s involvement in World War I. The compelling selection of letters illuminates emotions and thoughts engendered by the war that brought America onto the world stage; raised complex questions about gender, race and ethnic relations; and ushered in the modern era. Included are previously unpublished letters by General John Pershing, the general who led the American Expeditionary Forces and a person who understood the power of the medium. In his postwar letter that begins “My fellow soldiers,” he recognized each individual under his command for bravery and service.

Developed in partnership with the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University.