Twenty-Two Months with “Uncle Sam”. Being the Experiences and Observations of a Negro Student Who Volunteered for Military Service Against the Central Powers from June, 1917 to April, 1919.
Rare to commerce and thinly-held by libraries, a record of the First World War experiences of 2nd Lieut. John Brother Cade (1894–1970) who served in France in the segregated, all African-American 366th Infantry Regiment.
The regiment was part of the all black 92nd Infantry Division, also known as the “Buffalo Soldiers Division” for their uniform shoulder insignia depicting a black buffalo, itself a reference to African American cavalrymen of the American West.
In 1917, while still a student at Atlanta University, Cade volunteered for military service. He was subsequently commissioned as a second lieutenant in the 366th Infantry Regiment, commanding Third Platoon, Company F which trained at Camp Dodge, Des Moines, Iowa before sailing for France in June 1918. The 366th Infantry Regiment was exceptional in that its officers were all African Americans, not just the troops.
The regiment served in battle in three sectors of the war: St. Die, Meuse-Argonne, and Marbach, the latter sector of which included the Bois Voivrotte (Voivrotte Woods) taken back from German control by troops from the 366th Infantry Regiment including 2nd Lieut. Cade’s F Company. Recalling a military review of the troops after the end of the war by the commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces, General John J. Pershing, Cade wrote in his diary:
Review by General Pershing. (He said) The officers and men of the Division were unexcelled by any in the A.E.F. The Division was unsurpassed in conduct and behavior. (in reviewing the battalion, he stopped in front of my platoon, and seeing a wound stripe upon my sleeve, he dersired of me where I got it; I replied, “In Bois Voivrotte.”) (pp120–121)
2nd Lieut. Cade often writes with pride about the service of his fellow African American soldiers, but it is sometimes tempered with comments on discrimination or racism: “Rumors of some rotten ‘color orders.’ The American government (seems) a mockery on democracy.” (p120)
Returning home, Cade completed his undergraduate degree at Atlanta University and earned a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago. “After World War I, resumed teaching; instructor, Paine College (Georgia), 1922-1929; registrar, Southern University, 1930-1931; registrar, Prairie View College (Texas), 1931-1938; returned to Southern University where he served in various posts, 1938-1961, including dean of Liberal Arts, dean of the College. ... Authored: Twenty-Two Months with Uncle Sam (1929); By Their Fruits (1962); Holsey: The Incomparable (1964); A Man Christened Josiah Clark (1966), and numerous articles.”¹
Description: Twenty-Two Months with “Uncle Sam”. Being the Experiences and Observations of a Negro Student Who Volunteered for Military Service Against the Central Powers from June, 1917 to April, 1919.
Atlanta: Robinson-Cofer Company Printers, (1929). Frontispiece, 128pp +  half tone plates. First edition. 8vo. Red cloth with gilt title on upper cover. Brief rubbing at extremities; some fading and mottling along spine; small inked number to browned endpapers; very good.
OCLC, 8 copies. Not in Work. Ref. Dictionary of Louisiana Biography - C - Louisiana Historical Association [“Cade, JohnBrother”] accessed online.
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