3724 UNIVERSAL HISTORY-THE MODERN WORLD.
retired, it was discovered that three
Americans had been killed and eleven
wounded, and that eleven were missing.
The Germans abandoned three rifles,
a few helmets, and one wounded German
was left behind. Other Germans had
been wounded or killed but had been
carried off by their comrades.
The Americans killed were Corporal
James B. Gresham of Evansville, Indiana,
and Privates Thomas F. Enright of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Merle D. Hay
of Glidden, Iowa. On the afternoon of
November 4, the first American soldiers to
die in battle in France were buried at
Bathlemont. Detachments of French sailors, artillery men, engineers, and infantry,
together with American infantry, were
formed in a square facing the graves.
As the flag-wrapped caskets were lowered
into the graves, the bugler blew "taps,"
and the batteries at the front fired minute
guns. Then General Bordeau, who commanded the division in this sector, stepped
forward and delivered a tribute
to the fallen.
"Of their own free will," said
he, "they left a prosperous and
happy country to come over
here. They knew war was continuing in Europe; they knew
that the forces fighting for honor,
love of justice, and civilization
were still checked by the long prepared forces serving the
powers of brutal domination, oppression, and barbarity. They
knew that efforts were still
necessary. They wished to give
us their generous hearts, and
they have not forgotten old
historical memories, while others
forget more recent ones.
"They ignored nothing of the
circumstances, and nothing had
been concealed from them neither the length and hardships
of war, nor the violence of battle,
nor the dreadfulness of new
weapons, nor the perfidy of the
foe. Nothing stopped them.
They accepted the hard and
strenuous life; they crossed the
ocean at great peril; they took
their places on the front by our
side, and they have fallen facing
the foe in a hard and desperate
hand-to-hand fight. Honor to
them I Their families, friends,
and fellow-citizens will be proud
when they learn of their deaths.
"Men! These graves, the first to be
dug in our national soil, and but a short
distance from the enemy, are as a mark
of the mighty land we and our Allies firmly
cling to in the common task, confirming
the will of the people and the army of
the United States to fight with us to a