Lots of song titles are mentioned in this letter, although none of them seem to be appreciated by Walt, as they are causing an environment that is difficult for writing. The “Hillbillies” with a guitar go through “The Little Brown Jug,” “Coming Round the Mountain,” “You are My Sunshine,” and “Red River Valley.” I guess I’ll pick the one I like. Here’s a nice version:
It always reminds me of one of the great American films The Grapes of Wrath.
A transcript follows the letter images.
[sketch of crossed swords] Feb. 19, 1942
Gee I don’t know how I’m going to write in here tonight. Some of these “Hillbillies” have a guitar and they are raising the roof with “The Little Brown Jug.” etc. They are all good guys tho, but they can sure make a lot of noise. Ha.
We had a good ride today—I’m getting a little more used to it now. I sure like that part of it. Riding and shooting.
The way they talk around here, I understand that we will all be sent to mechanized Corps when we finish up here—I hope not. I’d like to stay in the Horse Cavalry; But I don’t suppose it will matter much what we like it will be what we get. Darn it. I’m going to argue for it but arguing don’t do much good in here.
Holy Smokes, they are playing “Comin R. the M.” now.
Everything seems to be “dead” around here tonight for me. A lot of the fellows went to the show.
“You are my (
sunshine) Sunshine” now. Sure, and guess this is just a blue night. On nights like this I sure wish I was back home with you. More then anything else—I’d give anything just to be able to ( b) see you for a few days, but I guess that isn’t possible at present.
Well Honey, I guess I’ll close for tonight “Red River (
Y) Valley” now.
Good Night Sweetheart
I love you with all my heart and soul Honey—More then I can say Dear
I love you—(My Future Wife)
The third unnumbered page has the sentence I Love You written six times in crossed star patterns, two sentences crossed in one, and four in the other.