Tri-City Ledger -

By Kevin McKinley
Guest Writer 

Nathan Rachel: Escambia's first draftee


November 22, 2018

NYC's Evening News ran this photo of men returning aboard the Leviathan on March 6-8, 1919.

The recent commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I marked a time that had a great impact on our local area. Many local men fought in the war. Some such as Sidney Manning became legendary for their bravery on the battlefields which bled Europe white. Many others did their duty as well and served their country.

Local men had to sign up for the draft. The draft cards from this era contain a priceless treasure trove of information about these men and their lives before the war. Escambia's young men did their duty and signed up for the draft. Yet have you ever wondered...

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