4-244 To Brigadier General John McA. Palmer, February 11, 1944

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: February 11, 1944

Subject: World War II

To Brigadier General John McA. Palmer

February 11, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]

Dear John,

Last night while looking for some papers I came across Mrs. Marshall’s partial attempt at an autobiography, so I am sending it to you to read since you expressed a desire to see it.

You will find attached to the last page an outline of what the succeeding chapters were to be. In the light of the past two or three years this would be considerably augmented.

The portion referring to life in Baltimore, etc., was very sketchily and hastily done and was quite unsatisfactory to her but she never found the impulse to work it over.1

I hope Maude has fully recovered from her flu and that you have not been too overworked in your dual capacity. I was delighted to see Mary and want to find an opportunity to have a talk with her.


Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.

Document Format: Typed letter.

1. Katherine Tupper Marshall finished her autobiography in 1946. General Marshall read the draft manuscript and made editorial changes. In the foreword to her book, she noted that “General Marshall has told me that he will never write his own memoirs, his knowledge of people and events being too intimate for publication.” Since this would leave historians “merely the official reports from which to paint a biographical portrait,” she included trivial events along with the more serious ones. “It is through these seemingly small happenings that a clearer understanding will be gained of George Marshall’s character,” and “I hoped that these trivial or amusing events might illumine and make more readable this homespun account of our years together.” (K. T. Marshall, Together, foreword [p. xiii].)

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. 291-292.

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