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Write From The Front

WFTF is a special program that the SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum created specifically to preserve email, photos, and letters from South Carolina service members that reflect their daily experiences while on duty defending our nation. WFTF is central to the Museum’s mission to collect and preserve South Carolina’s military history from the colonial period to the present.
 
For centuries, South Carolinians have answered the call to military service. From Fort Moultrie to the Persian Gulf, the proud sons and daughters of the Palmetto State have always served with honor and distinction. We know about their brave feats and quiet sacrifices – their contribution to our history - from the letters and photographs that soldiers have sent back from the field of battle through the ages. The most precious resource for historians and future generations are the thoughts, recollections, and experiences of our service members recorded at the time that they lived them.
The advent of the Internet has dramatically changed how service members communicate with those at home. Today it is possible to send a quick email from almost anywhere at any time. The immediacy of email makes these sources an especially important historical treasure - but they can also be lost forever with a single click of the delete button.
 
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WFTF seeks to protect these important documents so that researchers can tell the stories of those who sacrificed to keep our state and nation safe and free. Whether 
they’re hidden away on a hard drive or in an old shoebox, the passage of time only increases the chances these irreplaceable records of history as it was lived,
by those who lived it, will be lost.

How do I participate in WFTF?

You can be a part of history by submitting materials to the WFTF program! WFTF welcomes all emails, digital photographs, and letters with non-sensitive information sent between service members and their families or friends. This can be a copy or an excerpt from an email or letter previously sent to the family at home, a photograph from the Middle East region, or a letter written specially to document a service member's time overseas.

The families of service members are also invited to participate by sharing any emails or letters sent or received, or by writing their own essays reflecting their thoughts, opinions, and emotions while a family member is away.

To participate, simply forward copies of emails or digital photographs to the email address below. Electronic materials also can be submitted on CD, as well as originals or photocopies of letters and photographs, by mailing them to the address below. Identifying information about the background of the authors is helpful and appreciated.

NOTE: By sending email, images, and other electronic information, you give permission to the SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum to reproduce the image and/or email or any other WFTF correspondence for purposes of display and/or reproduction in all Museum programs and projects.  The print-out(s) will be added to the Museum's WFTF archives and may be used in various ways by the Museum including exhibitions, publications, websites, audio-visual productions, and educational programs.

Contact Information: 
For further information about WFTF or special inquiries, please use one of the following methods of contact:  
 
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Write from the Front
Box 12444
Columbia, SC 29211
 
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803-737-8095