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To Major General Edward W. Nichols
June 9, 1917 Governors Island, New York
My dear General:
I have been detailed on the General Staff, and appointed as assistant Chief of Staff of the First Expeditionary Force. By the time you receive this letter I will be out of the country.
As you were good enough to offer to assist me, I wish you to know how matters have turned out. The information contained in the first paragraph of this letter is confidential for the present, that is, until the safe landing has been announced. I suppose I am rendering myself liable to a severe penalty in writing this freely to you.
The “First Captain” of the 1915 class,1 who is a First Lieutenant in the Reserve Corps, was selected to go attached to one of the regular companies to which additional officers had been added. He was one of the three men picked out of the Fort Myer camp. I thought this would interest you.
Mrs. Marshall has left New York to join her mother in Charlotte, N.C. She will probably come with her mother to Lexington immediately after the “finals” to settle there semi-permanently; that is, for the duration of the war.
With assurances of my respect and warmest regards.
G. C. Marshall, Jr.
Document Copy Text Source: Alumni File, Virginia Military Institute Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter signed.
1. Claude R. Cammer.
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. 105.