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Joseph B. Mathews papers

Identifier: MS0252

Scope and Contents

The author of the letters, Joseph B. Mathews, a private from Massachusetts, worked in the base hospital. His letters provide insight into the operation of an early-twentieth century military medical facility. Letters of historical interest include those in which Mathews wrote about the quarantine of the base personnel and the citizens of Charlotte during the influenza epidemic of 1918. Because the letters are personal, they reflect the author's true feelings concerning the Army, his work at the hospital, the city of Charlotte, and the war.


  • 1917 - 1919


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

The United States government established Camp Greene upon entering World War I in 1917. Initial construction began on July 23, with completion on August 28; expansion continued throughout the war. Located on farmland near Sloan's Ferry and Tuckaseegee roads southwest of Charlotte, the camp took its name from the Revolutionary War hero Nathanael Greene and served a primary role in mobilizing and training troops. Expansion took the site from an initial 2,340 acres to over 6,000. Almost 2,000 buildings housed between 30,000 and 60,000 soldiers during its eighteen months of operation. The base hospital was one of the largest units attached to Camp Greene, covering sixty acres with accommodations for up to 1,000 patients. Demobilization began following the declaration of peace in November, 1918, and the camp officially closed in March, 1919. [For additional information, see Miriam Grace Mitchell and Edward Spaulding Perzel, The Echo of the Bugle Call: Charlotte's Role in World War I (1979); the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission's survey and research report on the James C. Dowd House; and the file on Camp Greene in the UNC Charlotte Special Collections Vertical File.]


0.25 Linear Feet (3 folders (96 items); shared document box)




Collection of 96 letters written by Private Joseph B. Mathews of the base hospital at Camp Greene to his girlfriend, Eva La Flamme in Massachusetts.


The collection is arranged into a single, alphabetical folder title series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum, 1998.

Processing Information

Processed by Robin Dorfer, 1998.
Joseph B. Mathews papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte 28223 United Stated