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To Captain Claude M. Adams1
June 3, 1932 Fort Benning, Georgia
Dear Captain Adams:
I am going to ask you to be kind enough to make some preliminary arrangements before Mrs. Marshall’s arrival at Screven. She will probably leave here with the three children on the morning of June 13th, though she may leave earlier if it becomes too hot here. In any event I will telegraph you twenty-four hours in advance.
I would appreciate your securing the items on the attached list and having them in the house, as well as the Muir’s maid and a striker available.2
If Mrs. Marshall leaves here in the morning she should reach Screven in the middle of the afternoon, and I would like to have the maid and the various things in the house ready for her. I propose sending over a bedding roll by express in order to provide the sheets and blankets.
I know you were good enough to tell her that you and Mrs. Adams will be glad to have her stay with you, or at least take her meals with you. Both of us appreciate this very much, but considering the size of the family, the fact that the maid is already available, the house empty and waiting, and the Quartermaster can usually furnish beds, mattresses, etc., she feels it better to establish herself from the first and enjoy your hospitality later.
I will probably leave here the 15th or 16th, depending on how soon I can make my departure after the van with my household goods has left.
I was very glad to arrange to have my orders changed to June from July. Now nothing interferes with my transfer.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Fort Benning File, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Adams was a Tennessee native who had risen through the enlisted ranks in his state’s National Guard during the World War. Appointed captain in the Regular Army on July 1, 1920, he was acting commandant at Fort Screven at this time.
2. Marshall had made arrangements with the former acting commandant, Major James I. Muir (U.S.M.A., 1910), to employ the Muirs’ maid as a cook. A “striker” was an enlisted man who did extra-duty work for an officer for extra pay.
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. 377-378.