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To Brigadier General Leigh R. Gignilliat
June 3, 1933 [Fort Screven, Georgia]
My dear General,
I have been due to write you and Colonel Robbins an account of the Lehigh conference ever since my return, but have been too deep in Forestry business to find the time.
It seemed to me the conference was a success. All were interested, the committee reports were entered into with fine spirit and Colonel Bishop’s arrangements were excellent and also those of Dr. Richardson and Major Green of Lehigh.1 Judged by the reaction of the army officers the affair was a decided success. While no very positive or conclusive recommendations were forthcoming, yet this was not due to lack of interest. This seemed to indicate that a wide variety of special conditions imposed a variety of ideas, and also that the basic scheme and procedure was sound and had been steadily improving.
I think the money we expended was well worth while and demonstrated the desirability of having these conferences regularly, but with more civilian educators than army officers present.
I received the commencement invitation to Culver and appreciated the courtesy. I would like to attend but that is not possible.
My little post has 900 forestry boys here and 1200 now in camp. I am constructing, supplying and administering camps in Florida and southeast Georgia. This week I will probably be given ten or fifteen more camps to prepare and run in my District, which will mean a total of 5000 CCC men to supply and administer.
June 28th I leave for Fort Moultrie to command that post and the regiment, as my promotion should occur within the next six weeks.
With warm regards,
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Fort Screven File, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. By “Dr. Richardson” Marshall probably meant Charles R. Richards, president of Lehigh University since 1922. Major James O. Green, Jr., (U.S.M.A., April 1917) had been professor of military science and tactics at Lehigh since 1931. Marshall had presided at the May 8-9 R.0.T.C. conference. See Marshall to Lowe, February 13, 1936 (Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #1-399 [1: 486-87]).
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. 397.