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To Captain Henry H. Dabney
October 23, 1924 [Tientsin, China]
Lieut. Boyles1 and one squad leave here Friday to join you. (Remainder of message to be in code) Confidential Pekin and two Army field commanders have turned over against Wu.2 Crisis probable on front Friday and for you possibly on Saturday.
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the Adjutant General’s Office 1917- (RG 407), 371.1, China, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Handwritten letter signed.
1. Dabney (U.S.M.A., 1915) commanded Company K at Tangshan. First Lieutenant Clifford H. Boyles commanded a squad of Company F.
2. Wu intended to check the Fengtien forces by holding the Shanhaikwan area. To meet Chang Tso-lin’s flank attack through Jehol, Wu ordered Feng Yu-hsiang (sometimes called the ”Christian General”) and Wang Huai-ching into Jehol. Feng, however, decided to switch sides, and on October 22-23 moved his army to Peking and took control of the capital, threatening to isolate Wu’s forces in northeastern Chihli.
Recommended Citation: The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, ed. Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens (Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), p. 267.