Virginia played an important role during World War I, supplying the Allied forces with food, horses and steel in 1915 and 1916. After America entered the war in 1917, Virginians served in numerous military and civilian roles–Red Cross nurses, sailors, shipbuilders, pilots, stenographers and domestic gardeners. More than 100,000 were drafted–more than 3,600 lost their lives. Almost every city and county lost men and women to the war. My latest book, Virginia and the Great War, reveals the state’s manifold contributions to the war effort and analyzes the form and content of the monuments erected after the war. Order here.