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Memorandum for the President
January 4, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
General Eisenhower arrived in Washington early Sunday morning on a fast flight from Algiers. I had brought him home, over his strenuous objections, to force him to take a brief rest before he undertakes his heavy obligations in England. He was to have left Washington the evening of the day he arrived, but bad weather intervened and he was delayed until the next evening when he went up to see his son at West Point. He goes on to see his mother. He will then take a few days with Mrs. Eisenhower in a cottage at the White Sulphur Springs hospital, after which he is to come back to Washington.
As you have been confined to your room and it was desired to get General Eisenhower out of town as quickly as possible, to avoid publicity, I did not bring up the matter of his seeing you. On his return to the city I should like to have you give him an appointment.
I hope to have him return to Washington just before his departure for England. We have placed a strict censorship on everything regarding him but even so if he is seen about town the matter is bound to leak.1
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. General Marshall had urged General Dwight D. Eisenhower to come home for a rest before assuming his new duties as Supreme Allied Commander in England. (See Marshall to Eisenhower, December 29 and 30, 1943, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-187 [4: 215-16], and #4-192 [4: 220-21].) Eisenhower arrived in Washington on Sunday, January 2, 1944, in the early morning. The next evening General Marshall hosted a dinner for Eisenhower and other visiting military officers—Lieutenant General George C. Kenney, Major General J. Lawton Collins, and Admiral Harold R. Stark—to meet with top congressional leaders. (January 3, 1944, Yale/H. L. Stimson Papers [Diary, 46:3-4].) General and Mrs. Eisenhower visited their son, John (U.S.M.A., 1944), at West Point. He visited family members at Manhattan, Kansas, and spent several days with Mrs. Eisenhower at a cottage at the U.S. Army’s Ashford General Hospital, converted from the Greenbrier Hotel resort, in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Eisenhower met with the War Department staff and with President Roosevelt before he departed the United States on January 13, arriving in London on the fifteenth. (Dwight D. Eisenhower, Crusade in Europe [Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday and Company, 1948], pp. 216-20. Butcher gives his account of the trip to Washington in My Three Years with Eisenhower: The Personal Diary of Captain Harry C. Butcher, USNR, Naval Aide to General Eisenhower. 1942 to 1945 [New York: Simon and Schuster, 1946], pp. 464-69.)
Recommended Citation: ThePapers 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. 4, “Aggressive and Determined Leadership,” June 1, 1943-December 31, 1944 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), pp. 232.