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To General John J. Pershing
October 20, 1930 Fort Benning, Georgia
My dear General:
Your letter has just come, and I will get to work immediately to outline my idea of the great moments of decisions of your leadership in France. I could sketch now approximately what I said in Baltimore, but I wish to give the matter a little more careful study. It will be mailed to you in a few days.
Just now I want to tell you how deeply I appreciate your going over to Baltimore and lending me your support and the distinction of your presence. It was a very gracious act on your part, and both Mrs. Marshall and myself are very grateful to you. We were both sorry that so much publicity was attached to your presence, as it resulted in considerable harassment of you by the press. It developed that a friend of one of the ladies who entertained you, and therefore was expecting you, tipped off the papers. Mrs. Marshall had not expected that there would be any knowledge of this until after your arrival, but it was then too late to prevent your being pursued as you were.1
It was a very satisfying thing to me to have even that brief opportunity to talk things over with you. Possibly I was not very coherent or logical in what I was saying at the time, but it moved me a great deal to see you again after such a long period.
Mrs. Marshall is having her first touch of the Army. The business began the night of her arrival—shaking hands on the Commandant’s lawn with about 1,000 people at an al fresco reception and dance. She joins me in affectionate regards.
G. C. Marshall, Jr.
Document Copy Text Source: John J. Pershing Papers, General Correspondence, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Document Format: Typed letter signed.
1. In her memoirs, Mrs. Marshall wrote that when the wedding party arrived at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, “the chapel was full and a large crowd had gathered on the sidewalk. My friends were greatly outnumbered, I fear, by those curious to see General Pershing. At the [railroad] station after the ceremony the crowd was even larger. This was rather disconcerting to both of us for we had wished to be married quietly.” (Together, p. 4)
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. 359-360.