A Soldier's Diary 1893 - 1918
By: Alison Wilkom & Jesse Davisson
Digging into one’s family history can reveal unusual surprises. In my case, I recently discovered my great-grandfather, Jesse C. Davisson’s first-hand account of his 25-year military experience during an epic period in American history.
Jesse was no angel when he first joined the Army in 1893 as an ordinary young man in Philadelphia. His diary follows his subsequent adventures––from learning to ride horse with the 7th Cavalry and befriending Indian Scouts to surviving ambushes and water-boarding prisoners––all while serving in the American Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection and World War I.
The diary you are about to read is a tale told honestly through the eyes of my great-grandfather, ‘Crawfish’ Jesse Davisson. I hope that you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I have!