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"Over There for Uncle Sam"
Diary of a Soldier


The following stories are from the diary of a soldier named Willard Newton. He served with the Hornets' Nest Riflemen and the 105th Engineers of North Carolina during World War I. His diary appeared as a series entitled "Over There For Uncle Sam" in The Charlotte Observer in 1920.

Reprinted with permission from The Charlotte Observer. Copyright The Charlotte Observer.

The articles are listed below by date of publication and reprinted without corrections to spelling and grammar.


Title Dates Covered Date Published
Introduction 8/22/1920
Chapter 1 - "Leaving the U. S. A." 5/18/1918 - 5/26/1918 8/22/1920
Chapter 2 -"Crossing the Atlantic" 5/27/1918 - 6/7/1918 8/22/1920
Chapter 3 - (no title) 6/7/1918 - 6/9/1918 8/29/1920
Chapter 4 - "In Calais" 6/10/1918 - 6/12/1918 8/29/1920
Chapter 5 - "Somewhere in France" 6/14/1918 - 6/17/1918 9/5/1920
Chapter 6 - "Preparing for Fritz" 6/18/1918 - 6/26/1918 9/5/1920
Chapter 7 - "Hiking and Camping" 6/28/1918 - 7/9/1918 9/15/1920
Chapter 8 - "In Rainy Belgium" 7/10/1918 - 7/23/1918 9/15/1920
Chapter 9 & 10 - "At the Front" 7/24/1918 - 8/4/1918 9/19/1920
Chapter 11 - "In Camp Near Proven" 8/5/1918 - 8/17/1918 9/26/1920
Chapter 12 - (no title) 8/18/1918 - 8/31/1918 9/26/1920
Chapter 13 - "Drilling, Hiking and Capturing Haystacks" 9/1/1918 - 9/21/1918 10/3/1920
Chapter 14 - "On the St. Quentin-Cambral Front" 9/22/1918 - 9/27/1918 10/3/1920
Chapter 15 - "The Battle of Bellicourt" 9/29/1918 10/12/1920
Chapter 16 - "Awaiting Orders" 9/30/1918 - 10/4/1918 10/12/1920
Chapter 17 & 18 (not published)
Chapter 19 - "Out for a Rest" 10/21/1918 - 11/7/1918 10/24/1920
Chapter 20 - "The Signing of the Armistice" 11/8/1918 - 11/20/1918 10/24/1920
Chapter 21 - "Three Months in Marolles-Les-Brults." 11/21/1918 - 2/18/1919 10/31/1920