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TCNW 483: When was the Battle of Chateau Thierry

Two Chairs No Waiting

Two Chairs No Waiting

Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:24:13

First motorcycle to cross the Marne River-Battle of Chateau Thierry, 6/12/18. Passenger: Black Jack Perishing. Driver: Corporal Nate Jackson, A.E.F.”

Last week marked the Centennial, 100 year, anniversary of when Andy Taylor said General Black Jack Perishing rode in his sidecar connected to the first motorcycle to cross the Marne River—Battle of Château Thierry.

The problem is, it seems the Battle of Château Thierry didn’t occur until July 18, 1918. Folks could never get away with getting a date wrong in the Internet age but back in January 1964, when the episode “Barney’s Sidcar” originally aired, I guess it was easier. I am surprised that in all my years talking about Mayberry, I don’t remember anyone pointing out the date of the battle wasn’t correct.

Then I find out the Harley Davison motorcycle that Perishing was in the sidecar of was a 1927 Harley-Davidson JD. As Floyd might say, “OH! Then he COULDN’T have ridden it across a river in 1918….but it’s HOT!”

So for now, the case is as open as it ever was.

Bonus: This week’s installment of This Week in Mayberry History by Randy Turner featuring “Jack Albertson.”

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