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Editorial Note on Marshall’s Job in Pershing’s Absence
October 1923-April 1924
Between October 20, 1923, and April 3, 1924, General Pershing was absent from his desk in the War Department. During the general’s stay in France, Marshall sent him at least one private letter or memorandum per week to keep him apprised of events in the War Department and in Washington, to supply him with information for his memoirs, and to keep him posted on such personal matters as Warren Pershing’s schooling and the rental of the general’s Washington apartment. The letters to Pershing on the succeeding pages represent approximately one-sixth of the nearly fifteen thousand words Marshall mailed during the general’s trip.
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. 245.