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"I am still one of the representatives of the great cause." So wrote Middleborough soldier William F. Harris to local newspaper owner Lorenzo Wood in 1919. Succinctly defining the role of a single community's World War I servicemen and women, Harris's letter to Wood was one of hundreds written by Middleborough soldiers that were published in the Middleboro Gazette between 1917 and 1919. Today these poignant and frequently moving letters comprise the community's largest and most important collection of documents detailing the experience of Middleborough veterans of any generation in their own words. In presenting a selection of these letters, Representatives of the Great Cause permits the voices of these men to be heard once more. While the authors of these letters may no longer be present, their subject is universal and their words remain relevant today, providing a deeply moving reflection upon the course and meaning of war by those who experienced it first-hand.

Representatives of the Great Cause

  • Editor: Michael J. Maddigan

    Publisher: Recollecting Nemasket, 2013

    Paperback, 412 pages, illustrations (b/w), 6 x 9 inches

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