"A Call to Arms"

by Sue T. Wilkinson

Van Zandt County Men Subject to the Draft World War I

Van Zandt County Genealogical Society


The following pages are from "A Call to Arms," a book compiled by Sue Wilkinson and posted with her permission on this website. It contains the stories and listings of the Van Zandt County draftees of the period during World War I, "The War to End All Wars." This volume was compiled and transcribed from original sources from the Canton Herald, the Grand Saline Sun and the Wills Point Chronicle. This book is still available for purchase. For information contact Sue Wilkinson. We thank her very much for her generousity in allowing the society to post this book in its entirety on this site.


Sources for "A Call To Arms"


THE COST OF THE WAR TO THE UNITED STATES

America's effort in World War I was very costly both in money and American lives. The exact amount of either can not be entirely known. Those killed in battle, or who died later of their wounds were in excess of 53,400. Those who died of illness and other causes brought the total to at least 126,000. There were another 204,000 who were wounded but survived.

The United States spent as much money as it had spent on all the expenses of the government from 1791 t0 1914. By the end of the war, our government had spent nearly 28,000,000 directly and loaned our allies $9,500,000,000.

The hope that this "war to end all wars" was not to be. For out of their bitter defeat and humliation the German people harbored a need for revenge and a thirst for power. Out of that need was created an evil monster that the world could not have imagined and,

Germany was to rise again.

SOURCES

The facts of the War were excerpted from the Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia Copyright © 1993, 1994 Compton's NewMedia, Inc. The Illustrations, Camp Travis and its Part in The World War by: E. B. Johns 1919.The information on the men and the families of Van Zandt County was extracted from the newspapers of Van Zandt County:

Canton Herald, Grand Saline Sun and the Wills Point Chronicle

To learn more about the "Great War" read the following Books by:

Brooman, Josh, ed. The Great War: The First World War, 1914-1918 (Longman 1985).

Coffman, Edward M. The War To End All Wars: The American Experience in World War I (University of Wisconsin Press, 1986).

Murphy, Paul L. World War One & The Origin of Civil Liberties in the United States (W.W. Norton, 1980).

Robbins, Keith The First World War (Oxford, 1984).

Tuchman, B. W. The Guns of August (McMillian, 1962).


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