Sumner Cobb writes about the Spanish Flu, Louisville, KY, 1918

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Sumner Cobb was the only one of family's sons to serve stateside during WWI. He was stationed at two different military bases: Camp Devens in Massachusetts and Camp Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. He wrote home from Louisville often, and frequently about the Spanish Flu that was spreading through the U.S. In this letter, he recounts to his mother the death of a fellow soldier who was from Portland, Oregon and also had the last name Cobb.

It does not appear as though Sumner ever contracted the illness.

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  • Title: Sumner Cobb writes about the Spanish Flu, Louisville, KY, 1918
  • Creator: Sumner Chase Cobb
  • Creation Date: 1918-10-12
  • Subject Date: 1918-10-12
  • Locations:
    • Louisville, Jefferson County, KY
    • Portland, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 22 cm x 15.25 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 2824, Box 2/3
  • Collection: Cobb brothers World War I correspondence
  • Object Type: Text

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