The men of the 10th and 20th Forestry Engineers were exposed to a range of unique experiences in Europe. The following links provide full-text pdf versions of sources documenting some of their personal stories.
Excerpts from the diaries of Lt. Col. W. B. Greeley, Chief of the Forestry Section, 20th Engineers, from 1917 to 1919 are presented in "A Forester At War," edited by George T. Morgan (from Forest History, Winter 1961).
An article from the February 1918 issue of American Forestry, "War Materials from French Forests," features a large section taken from excerpts of letters sent home by 10th and 20th Regiment soldiers.
Leaving Mortumier for Ciez-Couloutre, France. Photo by Private First Class George Kephart, Company E, 10th Engineers.
An excellent account of the experiences of the men of Company E, 10th Engineers, is provided by Company "E" and 1st Detachment 10th Engineers in France, by E. L. Lindsey and F. S. McNally. Includes numerous photos and full roster listings.
Pvt. George S. Kephart.
The first-hand account of Private First Class George S. Kephart, who left the Cornell School of Forestry early to join the military, is documented in this article. Kephart became a member of Company E, of the 10th Engineers (later being moved into 36th Co. 20th Engineers) and left for Europe at the end of September 1917 (from Journal of Forest History, October 1978).
Evan W. Kelley, a captain and later a major with the 10th Engineers in France, recounts his experiences in Europe in this excerpt from an oral history interview (from Evan W. Kelley: The Making of a Regional Forester. Edited by Amelia R. Fry. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California, Bancroft Library, Regional Oral History Office, 1974).
Major George H. Kelly.
Major Frank R. Barns wrote of his experiences commanding the 9th Battalion, 20th Engineers (from American Forestry, October 1918).
Detailed accounts of experiences in France from February through June of 1918 of Major George H. Kelly, 4th Battalion, 20th Engineers, are revealed in excerpts from his letters home (from The Timberman, August 1918).
"With the Forest Regiments in the Field," an article from the May 1918 issue of American Forestry containing excerpts of letters written by 10th and 20th Engineers.
Messages from Abroad, a pamphlet published by the U.S. Forest Service, contains selected first-hand accounts documenting the work done by the Forestry Engineers.
Major Edward E. Hartwick.
Two accounts taken from letters sent home from France by members of the 10th Engineers, Fred E. Davis and W.H. Icenogel (from Southern Lumberman).
An excerpt from the diary of Major Edward E. Hartwick, commanding officer of the 1st Battalion, 20th Engineers, as well as owner of Hartwick Lumber Company in Detroit, Michigan. Hartwick was stationed with his staff in Dax, France, and this entry from Christmas Day of 1917 reveals thoughts on his new surroundings, having arrived in France a month earlier (from A Biographical Sketch of Major Edward E. Hartwick by Gordon K. Miller, 1921). Hartwick would serve in France until his death from illness on March 31, 1918.
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