1-179 Field Orders No. 1, December 13, 1920

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: December 13, 1920

Field Orders No. 1

December 13, 1920 [Washington, D.C.]


Par. 1: The enemy is badly scared and shows signs of retreating. Molly was last seen in the pantry packing up rations, which indicates a hostile movement.

Par. II: Louie’s Army will attack Saturday immediately after breakfast, turning the enemy’s left flank by way of the cellar, and endeavoring to capture the hostile commissary supplies in the cake box.

Par. III: The Army will deploy facing the house with its left flank resting on the see-saw and its right abreast of the box where the bicycle lives. Sergeant Major Richards will hold the right of the line. Colonel Louie will occupy the center, and any rookies available will be placed on the left flank.

The advance will be preceded by a heavy artillery barrage of snowballs, if available, and will press forward despite all hostile resistance until the enemy is captured or driven from the field.

Lances, shields, guns, revolvers, battle-axes and butcher knives will be carried by the troops. Rations must be captured. Sam Browne belts will be worn.

Par. IV: A first-aid station will be established under the big cedar tree, but seriously wounded may be treated later at Doctor Louie’s Drugstore immediately after the charge.

Par. V: General Richards will maintain his Headquarters ten paces in rear of the center of the line, where messages will reach him.1


G. C. Marshall, Jr.

Chief of Staff

Document Copy Text Source: The Phillips Exeter Bulletin, 77 (May 1978)

Document Format: Typed memorandum signed.

1. The persons mentioned were: "Molly," one of the Perry’s maids; "Sergeant Major Richards," Lauris P. Richards; "General Richards," Lauris’s older brother Frank; and "Colonel Louie," son of "Doctor Louie," Phillips Exeter Academy’s principal.

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. 204-205.

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