Might v. right in history project

Matt Wesson, a student at Salisbury School, put together an exhibit on his great-grandfather’s World War I experience. The exhibit runs through Saturday, March 3. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

SALISBURY — “You are going to succeed in your task because you have right on your side.”

So wrote Col. John H. Parker of the U.S. 102nd Infantry to Joseph F. Murtagh, the commander of the 26th Infantry Division, on July 3, 1918. Murtagh’s men were about to go into combat with the German army.

This remarkable letter is part of an exhibit at Salisbury School devoted to the military career of Murtagh, the great-grandfather of sophomore Matt Wesson, who comes from Hoboken, N.J.

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