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Editorial Note on Post-Examination Wait
Not only was the wait for the results of the examination nerve-wracking, but the commissioning process was delaying Marshall’s marriage to Lily Coles of Lexington. In addition to being twenty-one years old, civilian appointees had to be single at the time of commissioning.
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. 18.