As every historian knows, unfortunately not every lead turns up positive results. Such was the case with my visit to the Centre Militaire de Formation Professionnelle in Fontenay-le-Comte. I was set to visit the CMFP because it is listed as the “keeper of the regimental flag and traditions” of the 137th infantry regiment, with which Katharine served. I wrote a letter asking whether or not they had anything that would be of use to me, but having received no answer, I decided to go ask in person. After being turned away at the gate, I spent some time exploring the city and preparing for the last leg of this trip.
Ironically, just a few hours after my failed attempt to sweet talk my way into the military center, I finally received a response to my letter via email. Though they indicated that their records didn’t contain anything useful to me, they directed me to the archives at the Chateau de Vincennes which just so happens to be next on my itinerary. Things are boding well for my next and final stop – Paris!