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Dr. F. D. Patterson
President, Tuskegee Institute
Dear Dr. Patterson:
As a result of the disquieting reports just received by the War Department, I asked General Osborn’s representative, Colonel Roshe, to make a personal investigation of the possibilities of the Tuskegee recreational camp site. Colonel Roshe has just submitted his report which I understand he discussed rather fully with you. As a result of his observations we are convinced that Tuskegee does not possess the capacity from a recreational standpoint to take care of the permanent garrison, which will soon reach an approximate total of 500 men, and an additional load of 500 soldiers from Fort Benning and vicinity.
While I dislike to change the arrangements previously agreed upon, it is apparently necessary to abandon the idea of a recreational camp at Tuskegee and to select another site, probably at Atlanta or Montgomery. Instruction to this effect are being issued today to the Commanding General, Fourth Corps Area.
I want you to know that I appreciate the cooperation you have given us and particularly your broad viewpoint as demonstrated in your conversations with Colonel Roshe.
Chief of Staff