David J. Castleman letter to Mary Pride Jones, 22 November 1918
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destroyer, a beautiful little fellow that pranced about back & forth across our bow only a few feet away. It reminded me of a young pony of unlimited speed. We docked at Liverpool about noon of the 16th & just after dark we landed & marched over to a train which was waiting to take us to Southampton. We rode all that night with practically nothing to eat since noon. Sandwiches & coffee were telegraphed for, to be ready at Birmingham, I wish you could have seen the stuff they handed out. I was awfully hungry but I couldn't go that stuff. We arrived in Southampton at 4 A.M. where were put up at a hotel until 8 P.M. at which hour we embarked on a cattle boat for Le Havre, arriving there early the next morning. There were about five hundred of us, all officers. This is an old story & hardly of much interest now. I guess I'd better wait until after I see you before I tell the rest of it. The armistice came just in time to keep me from getting a good job Paris. Col. Stovel, the Gibbs & Hill engineer of whom