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To Major General Edward L. King
March 9, 1933 Fort Screven, Georgia
My dear General:
I found your letter regarding Captain Smith, on my return from furlough yesterday. He has told me of your kindness and advice, and he has decided to let the doctors settle the case for him, and expects retirement.1
Mrs. Marshall and I spent four days on a big plantation near Augusta, quail shooting, and had fine luck. On my return I left immediately for Washington for a meeting of the Mershon Board—Colonel Robbins of Iowa, General Gignilliat and myself saw the inauguration, and looked for you without success.
The Screven animal column leaves here tomorrow. The troops leave by motor March 25th.2
As only two line officers will remain here and Captain Smith may be ordered off before a retiring board, I would like to attend to final C.M.T.C. preparations and post affairs here until time to join the Battalion at Fort Benning just before regimental headquarters is due there.3 There will only be two hundred odd men, and the battalion commander will be with them. Also the same Captain who commanded them last year and set up the tents at Benning. So there is considerably more I can find for myself to do here until April 5th than there. May I have your permission to report at Benning April 5th,—on my own transportation?
I appreciate your standing invitation at McPherson and wish I could find occasion to accept. However, I will see you soon at the concentration.
I had the new Mayor of Savannah with most of his City Officials, the same from Tybee, the County Commissioners and some of the Chamber of Commerce for a demonstration yesterday, inspection of a barrack, supper with the men and a prize fight. The men put up a splendid show. The civilians furnished the speeches in each mess at supper and the fights (our first here in some years) were excellent amateur affairs. Also the Lord was good to us in weather. A number of the City Officials told me it was the first time they had been on the post in many years, so I feel we did some good, and I know we staged a very clever and interesting show despite the small size of the Command and no music.
This has been too long a letter.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Fort Screven File, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Captain J. E. Smith, the post’s quartermaster, retired in the autumn of 1933 for disability in the line of duty.
2. The Fourth Corps Area maneuvers at Fort Benning were scheduled to begin in early April. The horse- and mule-drawn units carrying equipment and supplies were expected to march the approximately two hundred fifty miles to the maneuver area.
3. Fort Screven was the site of one of the summer Citizens’ Military Training Camps.
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. 388-389.