Staff Person: Lynette Lundin
James Byron Hilliard was a genealogist who gathered and compiled his family history. He acquired this letter along with other papers that cover information beyond their immediate families; the families were from Northeastern North Carolina and Southeastern Virginia. The collection has documents and photos describing the life and training of US troops during WWI and political campaigns for judicial seats in Tennessee and North Carolina. There is information on agriculture, slavery, a report on “Suburban Development of Yorktown, Virginia during the Colonial Period”, pamphlet about Secession, and maps of Nash, Halifax and Raleigh (1792) and much more.
The letter below is from King George V, the British monarch, who reigned from 1910-1936. This letter was written after the United States entry into WWI (1914-1918). The United States initially pursued a policy of isolationism and worked toward peace. We entered the World War in 1917 after Germany adopted a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare.