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To James F. Byrnes1
November 17, 1933 [Chicago, Illinois]
My dear Senator:
Your note of congratulations on my promotion, written at sea, was received with deep appreciation. I was much impressed with your thoughtful and gracious action in remembering me in this fashion. It was gratifying to know that you had me in mind.
When you were on Sullivan’s Island I had no idea that my tour of duty there would only last four months.2 I had every reason to expect two years with the 8th Infantry. But because of threatened civic disorders out here, strikes and unemployment, I was suddenly transferred to this assignment.
I had found many friends in Charleston during my short stay, and I had become intensely interested in the CCC Camps of South Carolina—not to mention the hunting prospects for this fall. I think we had the finest lot of young men and the best Camps in the entire Country. Certainly everything I have heard elsewhere would indicate that our type of men, our standards of discipline, our organizational spirit and our Camps were on a much higher plane.
I was very sorry to leave South Carolina, and I regret to feel that next summer Mrs. Marshall and I will not have some pleasant days on fishing expeditions with Mrs. Byrnes and yourself. I hope you are fully recovered and fit for the hard winter in Washington which undoubtedly is before you.
With warm regards from Mrs. Marshall and myself to you both,
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Illinois National Guard, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Byrnes, Democratic congressman from South Carolina (1911-1925), had been elected to the United States Senate for the 1931-37 term.
2. Fort Moultrie is located on Sullivans Island at the mouth of Charleston Harbor, South Carolina.
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. 407-408.