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MAJOR GENERAL CLARENCE R. EDWARDS - DOCUMENT SIGNED CIRCA 1922 - HFSID 286872

GENERAL CLARENCE R. EDWARDS Signed certificate bestowed on a participant in a Citizens Military Training Camp (1922) Document signed: "C. R. Edwards", as Major General and Commander, First Corps Area, 1 page, matted with a portrait of him to an overall size of 16x12. Camp Devens, Massachusetts, 1922.

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Condition: lightly soiled, otherwise fine condition
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GENERAL CLARENCE R. EDWARDS
Signed certificate bestowed on a participant in a Citizens Military Training Camp (1922)
Document signed: "C. R. Edwards", as Major General and Commander, First Corps Area, 1 page, matted with a portrait of him to an overall size of 16x12. Camp Devens, Massachusetts, 1922. Certificate presented to student Frank C. Mauer for participating in Company C, 3rd Battalion of the Citizens Military Training Camp, Camp Devens. Clarence Ransom Edwards (1859-1931) graduated last in his class at West point (1883), but won three Silver Stars fighting the resistance movement in the Philippines (1900-1902). He also commanded garrisons in Hawaii and the Panama Canal Zone, qualifying him to become the first Chief of the Bureau of Insular Affairs (1902-1912). When the US entered World War I, Edwards, by now a brigadier general, raised and trained the US 26th Division, the second to arrive in France and the second to engage in combat. The Division fought well quarreled with other US generals, especially American Expeditionary Force commander John Pershing, who disliked him intensely. Edwards was relieved of command in October 1918 for permitting his troops to fraternize with the enemy. His First Corps command shown on this document was his last; he retired from the army in December 1922. Citizens Military Training Camps, authorized by Congress in 1920, were voluntary, 1-month summer training camps which entailed no enlistment obligation. However, anyone completing 4 such camps was eligible for a commission as second lieutenant. An estimated 400,000 Americans attended these camps, but only 5,000 commissions resulted from them. Among the participants were future Presidents Harry Truman and Ronald Reagan. Lightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.
Not matted in the Gallery of History style.

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