Edwin W. Morse

America in the War.
The Vanguard of American Volunteers
in the Fighting Lines and in Humanitarian Service,
August, 1914 --April, 1917

New York, Charles Scribner's Sons


To the memory of those heroic American youths who by their self-sacrificing devotion pointed out the path of duty and honor to their fellow countrymen.


I. Introductory

PART I: In the Foreign Legion

II. William Thaw, late of Yale.
III. Morale's picture of the Legion
IV. Henry Farnsworth, lover of books
V. A descendant of Citizen Genet
VI. Alan Seeger, poet of the Legion.
VII. Victor Chapman as a Légionnaire.

PART II: With famous British Regiments

VIII. John P. Poe, of the First Black Watch
IX. Dillwyn P. Starr, of the Coldstream Guards

PART III: The American Red Cross in Servia

X. Dr. Ryan under fire at Belgrade
XI. Fighting typhus at Gevgelia
XII. Conquering the plague of typhus.   

PART IV: American Ambulances in France

XIII. Richard Norton's Motor Ambulance Corps.
XIV. The work of Mr. Andrew's Corps.
XV. The death of Richard Hall.
XVI. Around Bois-le-Prêtre, the "Forest of Death".
XVII. In the great battle for Verdun.
XVIII. William Barber's Médaille Militaire.
XIX. Two Yale men at Verdun.
XX. Henry Suckley killed by a bomb.
XXI. A Princeton man's experiences.

PART V: Relief work in Belgium and in northern France

XXII. Herbert Hoover and "Engineering Efficiency."
XXIII. American volunteers in field service.
XXIV. American idealism and humor
XXV. Narratives of Princeton men
XXVI. Effect on the Americans of German methods.

PART VI: American volunteer airmen

XXVII. The Lafayette, or American, Escadrille
XXVIII. The first American aviator to fall.
XXIX. Kiffin Rockwell's last combat
XXX. Norman Prince killed by an accident.
XXXI. James McConnell, historian
XXXII. Genet in the American Escadrille
XXXIII. Major Lufbery, Ace of American Aces.
XXXIV. Major Thaw, pioneer American Aviator.

 Index of Names



The American Ambulance Field Service

Members of the Foreign Legion on leave in Paris, July 7, 1915

Doctor Richard P. Strong

Richard Hall

The great central clothing supply station in Brussels

Major Raoul Lufbery

Publisher's Note

The Publishers desire to express their acknowledgment of the courtesy of various other publishing houses for the privilege of including selections from their books in the following pages. The complete list of books from which quotations have been used, which will be of value to the reader who may wish to pursue any one of these subjects in more detail, is as follows:

"Letters of Henry Weston Farnsworth of the Foreign Legion." (Privately Printed.)
"War Letters of Edmond Genet." (Charles Scribner's Sons.)
"Victor Chapman's Letters from France." (Macmillan Co.)
"The War Story of Dillwyn Parrish Starr." (Privately Printed.)
"Letters and Diary of Alan Seeger." (Charles Scribner's Sons.)
"Poems of Alan Seeger." (Charles Scribner's Sons.)
"Harvard Volunteers in Europe." (Harvard University Press.)
"Friends of France." (Houghton Mifflin Co.)
"Ambulance No. 10." By Leslie Buswell. (Houghton Mifflin Co.)
"With a Military Ambulance in France, 1914-'15." By Clarence V. S. Mitchell. (Privately Printed.)
"Journal from Our Legation in Belgium." By Hugh Gibson. (Doubleday, Page & Co.)
"Fighting Starvation in Belgium." By Vernon Kellogg. (Doubleday, Page&Co.)
"Headquarters Nights." By Vernon Kellogg. (Atlantic Monthly Press)
"Flying for France." By James R. McConnell. (Doubleday, Page & Co.)
"With the French Flying Corps." By Carroll D. Winslow. (Charles Scribner's Sons.)
"Norman Prince." Edited by George F. Babbitt. (Houghton Mifflin Co.)

Selections have also been used from various periodicals, in several of which original publications were made, and to which credit has invariably been given in the text.

Chapter One