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To James Grafton Rogers1
December 3, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Dr. Rogers:
I think you told me during our drive last fall to the Rocky Mountain National Park2 that you were working on an article or a book on Stonewall Jackson. I think I told you at the time that there was a very interesting collection of notes on service in his command by a Lexingtonian whom I had known during my VMI days. It was my intention to send you the book last September, but it was not until yesterday that I located it. It goes to you by today’s mail.3
I found more of the real color of these campaigns in this book than in anything else I ever read. Possibly this was due to the fact that I knew a great many of the people. The battery commander, Captain Poague, was the military store-keeper at the VMI when I was a cadet.4 He was a very silent little man and it never dawned on me that he was a great warrior in his youth. As a matter of fact, there is a special monument marking the spot where Poague’s battery turned back the break-through at the “bloody angle” at Spotsylvania Court House.
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. Rogers was master of Timothy Dwight College and professor of law at Yale University.
2. General Marshall and secretary Stimson were in Colorado between August 20 and 22 on their trip to the Pacific Northwest. Rogers, Stimson’ s friend and assistant secretary of state under him (1931-33), accompanied them on a trip to the park on August 21. (Yale/H. L. Stimson Papers [Diary, 35: 43].)
3. The book Marshall sent was Edward A. Moore, The Story of a Cannoneer Under Stonewall Jackson, in Which is Told the Part Taken by the Rockbridge Artillery in the Army of Northern Virginia (New York and Washington: Neale Publishing company, 1907).
4. William T. Poague was military storekeeper at the Virginia Military Institute between 1884 and 1912.
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr.(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), p. 692.