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Editorial Note on Eighth Army Corps
November 19-29, 1918
On November 6, Marshall was notified that he was soon to be transferred to an as yet unformed, unnamed army corps and made its chief of staff, normally a brigadier general’s position. Only when he arrived in Chaumont on November 19 did he discover that he was responsible for assembling the headquarters staff and special troops for the Eighth Army Corps from units scattered over France. This he accomplished by day and night truck convoys in five days. Marshall also picked the location for the new headquarters, a remodeled, centrally heated, twelfth-century chateau in the city of Montigny, about fifty kilometers west of Chaumont. Marshall moved to Montigny on November 28 or 29, a few days behind the new commander, Major General Henry T. Allen, a colorful cavalryman who had previously led the Ninetieth Division. During December the three divisions (Sixth, Seventy-seventh, and Eighty-first) assigned to the corps arrived and began the strenuous training program mandated by General Headquarters at Chaumont. (Memoirs, pp. 205-10.)
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. 172-173.