The Black Cats of Amherst


The Black Cat Ambulance Squadron

About this Research
On June 6, 1917, 24 Amherst College enlisted in the U.S. Army to drive ambulances for the French army. They included my grandfather, Hugh Hamilton, who kept a diary and saved letters and other items. Over the next year I intend to transcribe his diary, catalogue his materials, and explore related archives in preparation for writing a book on the topic.

The official name of the ambulance squadron was the Section Sanitaire Unit 539. Over time they became known as the Black Cats.

One great source of information about the Black Cats is this article from the Amherst College alumni magazine

Follow the @AmherstBlackCats twitter account and keep coming back to this page for ongoing updates.


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