Signature and Salutation. BOXER REBELLION, W. F. NORTON.

Signature and Salutation.

In 1901 the United States Army dispatched two regiments to China during the Boxer Rebellion and the China Relief Expedition; one of them, the 9th U.S. Infantry or "Fighting Ninth," one of the oldest regiments in the Army, was sent to Qing and successfully assaulted the walled city of Tianjin -- earning them the nickname "Manchus"; afterward they returned to the Philippines. Offered here is quite a military oddity: A signed and inscribed card from a run-of-the-mill American soldier who participated in this action, a regular G.I. Joe -- not one of the handful who earned Medals of Honor for special conduct. "With complements of / Sergent W. F Norton / Co. 'M' 9th United States / Infantry. / Pekin / China" penned boldly in black on a heavy stock 4" X 2½" card, n.y. Very good. Moderate age toning. Highly unusual and interesting in that Norton was not signing this back in the U.S. and noting his participation in the quelling of the Boxer Rebellion -- but actually signed while in China! A note penned on the verso in another hand reads: "Pekin May 1-1901 / Sir: / This is from the / Chinese Imperial Press / of Pekin, as a sovenir / from China." We've not been able to unearth any specifics about Norton or his role. Item #31675

Price: $55.00

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