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To The Adjutant General, U.S. Army
July 7, 1907 Mt. Gretna, Pennsylvania
I have the honor to respectfully request that the order directing me to attend the encampment of the 2d Brigade, National Guard of this state at Tipton, Penna., be revoked for the following reasons:
On finishing the term at the Infantry & Cavalry School at Leavenworth this year I took my wife to a summer resort in Minnesota. We arrived late at night July 3d, and at 8.00 A.M. the next morning I received a telegram from the Secretary of the I. & C. School informing me that I was directed to proceed to Mt. Gretna at once. This I did, leaving for here a half hour later. On arriving here I learnt for the first time of the order directing me to report for duty at the Tipton encampment July 20th to 28th. This will not permit me to return to my wife until July 31st. Meantime she will be alone, among total strangers, at a place I personally know nothing of except through hearsay. Her health does not permit of her traveling from Minnesota to Pennsylvania alone, nor does the pay of my position permit of my going back for her, and bringing her east to be near me or with relatives, during the week intervening between this and the Tipton encampment. I expected Mrs. Marshall to be alone for some ten days, but I can not leave her alone for a month under the present circumstances. Had I known when I received the telegram in Minnesota that I was due at another encampment, I could have satisfactorily arranged for it at once and entirely avoided my present dilemma.
I have hesitated in making this request because I dislike such action and also because two other officers here with me have already made it for various reasons. Also, aside from the matter of duty, it would be greatly to my advantage to attend the Tipton encampment as the troops of the 2d Brigade are from the immediate vicinity of my home, but as my request is not based on a question of my pleasure or comfort or of ordinary inconvenience, but on absolute necessity, no other solution to which I can arrive at, I am compelled to make it.
This is the first favor of any sort I have asked since entering the service and I earnestly request that it be favorably considered and that I be informed of the decision by telegraph.1
G. C. Marshall, Jr.
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the Adjutant General’s Office 1780’s-1917 (RG 94), Militia, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Handwritten letter signed.
1. Special Orders, No.161, July 11,1907, revoked the order sending Marshall to Tipton; he returned to duty at Fort Leavenworth on July 20.
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. 38.