Caissons Go Rolling Along: A Memoir of America in Post-World by Johnson Hagood

By Johnson Hagood

Significant common Johnson Hagood (1873-1948) used to be one among South Carolina's such a lot individual military officials of the 20th century. An artillerist and a pupil of army technology, Hagood turned a famous specialist in logistics and served because the leader of employees of the companies of provide in global warfare I Europe. Taken from Hagood's wartime magazine, Caissons pass Rolling alongside describes his artillery brigade's march into Germany in 1918, the wartime devastation, his impressions of the defeated enemy and occupied territories, and his travel of the hot battlefields within the corporation of the commanders who fought there.
Written in a conversational type, the narrative focuses mostly on Hagood's time accountable for the Sixty-sixth box Artillery Brigade following the armistice. The Sixty-sixth FAB used to be hooked up to the yankee 3rd military, which later grew to become the yankee profession strength within the Rhineland. Hagood recorded his impressions of the stipulations within which he came upon his males on the finish of the battle and the occasions of a journey of the French, British, and American battlefields. extra very important, he set down a checklist of the devastation of the French geographical region, the contrasting loss of pain he present in Germany, the nature of the Germans, and a few predictions for the long run.
"I have left the textual content because it used to be after we held those humans on the aspect of the bayonet," he wrote in his preface years later. "The reviews we shaped at the moment are very important simply because they have been the root of our motion. . . . The scourge of the good conflict took a heavy toll . . . and we americans could to boot take into consideration what we have been struggling with for." Hagood captures defining features of the yankee personality on the shut of global battle I. He defined a boisterous, confident humans, definite in their new position on this planet. Rome supplied Hagood with an analogy for the recent American empire, which he took with no consideration in his postwar memoir.
Completed in the course of Hagood's lifetime yet unpublished earlier, Caissons move Rolling alongside is an engrossing portrait of war-torn Europe, a stark reminder of grim realities of the good battle, and a richly certain examine the daunting activity of occupying and rebuilding a defeated kingdom.

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They undertook this work with zest, many of them being horsemen and bronco busters of international reputation. 12 This outfit was to be field artillery in the true sense. * But upon arrival in France it was to be provided with the French “SoixanteQuinze” (3-inch) and was to be the kind of artillery you see in the pictures entitled, “The Guard Corps at Sedan,” or “Something-or-other at Waterloo” where plunging horses are seen in the front line, charging along with the *See page[s 4–5]. A. 15 But when they arrived in France, it was discovered that no such good fortune awaited them.

The French had moved away everything not absolutely essential. General Chamberlaine General Chamberlaine was an old friend of mine. We had served as captains together in the Coast Artillery in the old days at Fort Monroe and had come to France together in the 1st Expeditionary Brigade, he as colonel of the Sixth Regiment and I as colonel of the Seventh. Chamberlaine was an extremely able officer and, as commander of all the American railroad artillery, should have been at least a major general.

It had been impossible to get spare parts, and yet these men, bronco busters, with no previous experience in motors or machinery, had patched up their trucks and tractors with such stuff as they could pick from salvage dumps and had kept them in working order. They had made spark plugs out of pieces of pipe, copper wire, and chewing gum. Brigade Mess The conditions existing in the brigade officers’ mess were just about as bad. It was established in a cellar. The kitchen was on the outside under a tent fly in the pouring rain.

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