1-286 To Brigadier General John McA. Palmer, March 21, 1930

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: March 21, 1930

To Brigadier General John McA. Palmer

March 21, 1930 Fort Benning, Georgia

Dear John:

The book has come and already I have gone through it. First, let me say again that your introduction to the Civil War is a classic,—by far the best piece of writing you have ever done.

The entire book is much more impressive and interesting reading to me than the manuscript. This is natural, but nevertheless I was surprised at the great difference. You have done a truly momentous piece of work. I am gratified that you employed my name in so flattering a manner, but now I rather wish you had not, as it limits my boosting of the book. However, I am having a copy mailed to General LeJeune at the V.M.I., calling his attention to your presentation of Jackson and the Institute.

I would appreciate your giving me some idea of its reception,—reviews, sales, reaction of War Department, etc. With General Pershing’s introduction, you have offset much of the quibbling of small minds.

I appreciate deeply your presenting me with this autographed volume, and I am proud to have so cultured and talented a friend.

Some of our active brigadiers are very busy overseeing the cutting of the grass and white-washing of the corral fence. Your work presents an appalling contrast.

With affection and sincere congratulations,

Faithfully yours,

G. C. Marshall, Jr.

Document Copy Text Source: John McA. Palmer Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

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), pp. 351-352.

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