War and the Southwest Series
Features: 21 b&w photos. 5 maps. Notes. Bib. Index.
They Called Them Soldier Boys offers an in-depth study of soldiers of
the Texas National Guard’s Seventh Texas Infantry Regiment in World War
I, through their recruitment, training, journey to France, combat, and
their return home. Gregory W. Ball focuses on the fourteen counties in
North, Northwest, and West Texas where officers recruited the regiment’s
soldiers in the summer of 1917, and how those counties compared with the
rest of the state in terms of political, social, and economic attitudes.
Through the use of Selective Service Registration cards, a sample of
1,096 members of the regiment provides enough data to suggest a portrait
of the officers and enlisted men based on age, occupation, marital
status, dependents, and other criteria, an approach common to analyses
of soldiers in other wars but which has not been done before in studies
of World War I soldiers. more... about They Called Them Soldier Boys: A Texas Infantry Regiment in World War I
Winner of two Communicator Awards for Cover (overall) and Cover (design), 2013