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Major General Edward L. King1
to George C. Marshall
April 6, 1933 Fort McPherson, Georgia
. . . Sorry we didn’t have the maneuvers, but with the labor situation coming on, I felt we should be set to go, and I wanted to be ready for it. The quota for this Corps Area is 7,100, and my general scheme is to establish a camp at Bragg near the textile industries of North and South Carolina; one at Oglethorpe for Chattanooga and vicinity; one at McClellan for the Birmingham area, and one at Pensacola for New Orleans and other points.2 By reducing the number of camps I am saving overhead and keeping the new men out of small posts and away from the immediate vicinity of large cities as far as possible. The only thing you will have to do about it is the possibility of giving me, if necessary, some of your troops or organizations to send to one or more of these camps to furnish personnel for handling.3 This, however, I hope to avoid and shall do so if possible.
My kindest regards to Mrs. Marshall, and the children.
With best wishes,
Edw. L. King
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Fort Screven File, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter signed.
1. King (U.S.M.A., 1896) commanded the Fourth Corps Area, which included Fort Screven. Approximately sixty percent of this letter is printed here. Omitted are three paragraphs concerning personnel matters.
2. By the end of April, King discovered that the seven thousand were but the first increment of an expected thirty-eight thousand men his corps area was expected to process. (TAG to King, April 28, 1933, NA/RG 407 [321.5, CCC (3-25-33)].)
3. A story making the rounds at Fort Screven concerning General King’s request, as related by First Lieutenant Reuben E. Jenkins, was that Marshall replied: “Leave me my post surgeon, my commissary officer, my post exchange officer and my adjutant and I will run this command with the First Sergeants; and if worse comes to worst, you can have the adjutant, for the Post Sgt. Major can take over those duties in a pinch." Eventually Marshall did have to run Fort Screven with first sergeants. (Jenkins to Forrest C. Pogue, October 26, 1960, GCMRL/ Research File [Fort Screven].)
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), pp. 393-394.