Saturday, July 11, 2009
the history of graffigny-chemin
War touches us all in one way or another.
For the village of Graffigny-Chemin, war was a frequent visitor. Joan of Arc, the patron saint oif France, was from Doremy, a village not too distant. The Thirty Years War, the Franco-Prussian War, World War I and II, all came to its doorsteps, and sometimes to the village itself.
During the First World War, the 2nd American Infantry Division headquartered in Bourmont, a village that commands the valley below and three kilometers from the village of Graffign-Chemin. A hospital in the village treated wounded American soldiers. Here my grandfather, James Madison Pearson was treated for wounds and met my grandmother Margherite Chevalier Meine.
For another history see this site.