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To General Charles P. Summerall1
June 1, 1933 [Fort Screven, Georgia]
My dear General:
Your very gracious note came this morning, and Mrs. Marshall and I are deeply appreciative of your invitation. At present we plan to leave here about June 28th, she and the family to go on a visit while I go thru direct to Fort Moultrie to take over the Forestry work there, which I understand will have developed into a district affair by that time; that is, building and running camps over eastern South Carolina. In that case I would have my hands so full that I could not pause for the great pleasure of a visit with Mrs. Summerall and you.
Here I am busy with several thousand Forestry boys, either on the post or scattered in camps (still under construction) from Ocala, Florida, north to Waycross, Georgia. Between satisfying the Auditor for the War Department and meeting the pressure to proceed at top speed, it has been an interesting and illuminating experience. We have much, very much to learn about simplification and decentralization.
I am looking forward with more pleasure to seeing something of you this coming year, than to any other aspect of my transfer.
With warm regards to you both, and deep appreciation of your offer of hospitality,
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Fort Screven File, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. The former army chief of staff (November 21, 1926, to November 20, 1930) had retired at the end of March, 1931. Since September 12, 1931, he had been president of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, at Charleston.
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. 396.