Lot 45: TLS, one page, 7 x 8.75, White House letterhead, January 12, 1935. Letter to John Rowe, in part: "I am sorry that I shall be unable to take the action you request regarding the monument to the Three Hundred and Sixteenth Infantry Regiment, as investigation discloses that this monument was erected in France contrary to regulations of the American Government. The first reason alone, as I am sure you will understand, makes it manifestly improper for our Government to take any action in the matter." A partial separation to right edge of mailing fold, faint mirroring of the letterhead, slight toning and creasing, and a spot of dampstaining to left side, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. As the Meuse-Argonna offensive continued its Western Front march in the waning days of World War I, the 316th infantry successfully recovered Hill #378 from German forces after three days of heavy combat in the Lorraine region of France. Initially deemed as 'The Crusaders of Lorraine' for their courageous actions, the self-aggrandizing erection of a monument symbolizing their own achievement proved objectionable to the French government.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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