Lt. Robert Mitchell from Tennessee was an officer with the machine gun company of the 328th Infantry of the 82nd Division. He wrote the letter below on 6 October 1918, as his unit was preparing to help relieve the Lost Battalion in the Argonne Forest.
Nine days later he was killed in action. Lt Mitchell was buried in the Meuse-Argonne Cemetery where he rests today.
Sitting on the head of a cot, map case on knee and head ducked beneath canvas leanto against side of company officer's wagon. The war news continues to be the best ever. We're licking the tar out of the Germans and I'm a live part of it. The spirit of the boys is great and they are brimming over with confidence. These are stirring times and regardless of my personal outcome I'm glad to be a part of it.
Source: War Letters, edited by Andrew Carroll