ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY YEARS OF SERVICE IN PEACE AND WAR: History of the Second Infantry United States Army
Detroit: Strathmore Press, 1930. First edition. 8vo. Blue cloth. Very good. Minor rubbing to edges of cloth. Faint soil here and there. Some minor bumps at corners. Tiny tear to cloth at base of spine, unobtrusive. PO stamp to ffep and front pastedown. Else a bright, sound example. Warmly INSCRIBED AND SIGNED by author to front pastedown: "Presented to / Maj. Gen. Wm. M. Wright / who [sic] research of / 2nd Inf History, when he / was its assistant was / substantial help in / preparing this record. / F.B. Shaw / [illegible] / Dec. 8, 1941 (Item ID: 10887)
Scarce and important unit history inscribed to one of the most prominent WWI generals the day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Wright commanded the Third American Army Corp and has the unusual distinction of being one the few officers to make the jump directly to general from the rank of colonel. He was also the recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal. Shaw himself remains significant as the commander under whose orders another officer refused to fall into formation with colored troops, an action which lead to the first court martial and dismissal relating to the integration of the Armed Services. A wonderful association. The book itself covers the history of the 2nd Infantry Regiment from its founding through WWI and after. Four fold-out maps, all present. 446pp.