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General John J. Pershing to George C. Marshall
March 7, 1923 Washington, D.C.
Dear Colonel Marshall:
I wish you would make a brief study of the various difficulties that were met in the Draft Law from the time we entered the war up until the Armistice. I recall very distinctly that when Mr. Baker was in France in the spring of 1918 I insisted that the number of troops we were likely to need be called out immediately, when he rather contended that we should not take men away from work on the farms until it was absolutely necessary. Of course, at that time we did not know how much sea transportation would be available and no doubt this influenced the War Department, under his direction, to delay making these calls. The result, of course, might have been very disastrous, and I think he made an error in this respect.
J. J. P.
Document Copy Text Source: National Archives Donated Materials Group, PRSHG, John J. Pershing Papers, Miscellaneous, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed letter signed.
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. 227.