3718 UNIVERSAL HISTORY-THE MODERN WORLD.
remarked with dry American humor that
they were received with all the honor
due immortal heroism before they had
done any fighting."
The first contingent of troops, under
command of Major General William L.
Sibert, steamed into the harbor of St.
Nazaire on the early morning of June 26.
Their coming had not been previously
announced, but the news that the Americans had arrived spread with astonishing
rapidity, and, by the time the steamships
drew along the quays, many thousands
of people were on hand to extend a welcome. The whistles of the crafts in the
harbor kept up an endless din, while every
man, woman, and child shouted "Vive
la France.'" "Vivent les Etats-Unis!" with
the enthusiasm of those who felt that
their deliverers had come. The bands
on the warships alternately played the
Star Spangled Banner and the Marseillaise
as the American flag was hoisted. The
town itself speedily took on a holiday
appearance, and the American colors
blossomed forth everywhere. The American troops were speedily dubbed the
"Sammies," or, by some, the "Teddies,"
to distinguish them from the British
"Tommies," who were already so well
known in France. Delegations of French
military and naval men were ready formally
to welcome their new comrades in arms,
who were soon transferred to a camp not
far from the port of debarkation. New
contingents came on the following day,
and the last units of the expedition, consisting of ships loaded with supplies and
horses, reached port on July 2.
On June 28, General Pershing, accompanied by General Pelletier, visited the
camp and inspected the troops. Regulations for maintaining order in the town
near which the camp was situated were
issued, and the right of maintaining
discipline was transferred by the French