90 History of Wake Forest College
The Trustees meeting on July 9, 1918, accepted the plan of
President Wilson, but having in mind objectors, made numerous
limitations, which were after all only such as were already explicitly
or implicitly provided for in it, their last limitation being, "That this
department shall not be permanent, but shall be abolished on the
termination of the war." Further to win favor for it, Dr. Livingston
Johnson, a member of the Board and also editor of the Biblical
Recorder, wrote in his paper of July 17, 1918: "We confess to a
feeling of regret that it is necessary for the campus at Wake Forest to
become a drill ground, and we doubt not that others will share this
feeling with us, but necessity is before us, and Wake Forest has never
yet been a ‘slacker.’ In voting to establish this department the trustees
expressly stated that it is to be abolished as soon as the war is over."
By authorization of the War Department President Poteat appointed
two members of the faculty, of the four permitted, and thirty-eight
students, as representatives of the College in the Training Camp at
Plattsburg, New York, in order that they might become competent to
assist in the training of the S.A.T.C 3 The two members of the Faculty
chosen were Professor T. E. Cochran of the department of Education,
and Professor T. D. Kitchin of the School of Medicine, but the latter,
falling ill, remained at the Camp only about two
pay the cost of these hired servants, of the nation. But we must insist that they be
severely restricted to the actual national necessity. If our territory is ever invaded or
our national honor insulted we shall all turn soldiers to defend them." After the war
had been in progress more than a year, in his address to the graduating class of
1918, President Poteat said: "I cannot fancy a book of doom big enough to record
the guilt of the men who precipitated this atrocious war. But American participation
for the defense of her national ideals and the ordered life of the world is as righteous
as it is splendid. With President Wilson we are all proud to fight for mankind. The
final issue cannot be doubtful. Meanwhile it throws a blood-red gauntlet at our feet,
challenging our nation, our religion, our culture, and ourselves."
3 For the names of all see Bulletin of Wake Forest College XIII, 267f.
Training at Plattsburg was a somewhat new experience for Dr. Kitchin. He had
not been very active physically, and on reaching Plattsburg was not in the pink of
condition; but there he was put through long and fatiguing drills and set-up
exercises which produced great bodily soreness. In addition he
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