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To Colonel Charles C. Haffner, Jr.1
March 29, 1934 [Chicago, Illinois]
My dear Colonel Haffner:
Thank you for the copy of The Cannoneer and Driver, which I found on my return to the office from an extended leave to Thomasville, Georgia. I have read with considerable interest your editorial, or comments, on “Loyalty” and I wondered how carefully this would be read by the officers and to what extent it would be taken to heart.
After some experience, particularly in war and in the War Department, I have come to believe that this is by all odds the most important attribute of an organization. With it almost anything is possible. Without it you really do not have a military organization. The principal trouble is, officers seldom realize when they are being disloyal, and it is the accumulation of small disloyalties, however conscious, that break down the military fibre of a unit.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Illinois National Guard, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Haffner commanded the Illinois National Guard’s 124th Field Artillery Regiment, which had its headquarters in Chicago.
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. 419.