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To General John J. Pershing
July 11, 1933 Fort Moultrie, South Carolina
I see in the press that you have gone to France. Adamson promised to give me advanced notice of your important moves, but he evidently forgot.
I hope you are feeling strong and are without worries. Certainly Warren’s fine progress should be a continuing source of satisfaction. He is a splendid fellow, and I wish I could see what the last few years have done for him.
My last few months at Fort Screven were busy with this Forestry work. I commanded a district and established 4500 young men in camps throughout Florida and southeastern Georgia. Transferred to Moultrie June 30th, I inherited another Forestry district, covering South Carolina. In addition, I have a C.M.T.C. camp starting next week and three N. G. regiments coming into camp here for training. As few regular officers remain, it is hard to manage.
This CCC affair has been a major mobilization and a splendid experience for the War Department and the army. The former has got a lot to learn about decentralization and simplicity. The funds were usually so restricted that operations were hampered as to speed. Apparently all was decentralized, but usually a joker was tucked away somewhere in each lengthy instruction.
Mrs. Marshall and the boys have not arrived yet. They are visiting friends on Pawley’s Island near Georgetown, S. C. This has been fortunate, as my house is a mess with thirty five workmen in it. Mollie came here with me, and is struggling with the housekeeping in the midst of confusion. The house is tremendous, and delightfully located, facing the ocean. I hope you honor it and us with a long visit next winter. You would find this restful and climatically ideal for the cold season. And then too, we could find so much to talk over and discuss.
My promotion comes along this month or next,—it has been a long wait for one grade, and for a time I thought the President would make it still longer.
With my prayers for your continued good health,
G. C. Marshall
Document Copy Text Source: John J. Pershing Papers, General Correspondence, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Document Format: Handwritten letter signed.
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. 398.