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To Lieutenant Colonel Erle M. Wilson1
July 16, 1932 [Fort Screven, Georgia]
Thank you for your note about General Parker, the Congressman from this district. You may be certain that I will put the big pot in the little one in his case. I appreciate your tipping me off.2
I had been about to write you when your letter came. I wanted to congratulate you upon one of the best jobs I have seen done in the Army. I have looked over everything on the post, familiarized myself with the routine, came to know the members of the garrison, and have met most of the leading people in Savannah. In every respect I find a highly satisfactory condition of affairs. You had developed the post in a remarkable manner and the personnel presents a model of loyal and efficient cooperation. In all directions outside the garrison I find the results of your conduct of affairs in the harmonious and extremely cordial attitude of the civilians.
The new theater opened last week and is a little gem. It is too bad you could not enjoy this result of your far-seeing activities. We are about to start in on the planting scheme for the theater and the club, the grading having been completed. For the past three days the prisoners have been hauling material to make a parking space.
Mrs. Marshall and the children are delighted with the place and are thoroughly enjoying themselves in spite of the heat.
With cordial regards to Mrs. Wilson and yourself,
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Fort Screven File, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Wilson (U.S.M.A., 1904), Marshall’s predecessor at Fort Screven, was the executive officer of the War Department’s Operations and Training Division (G-3).
2. Wilson had written Marshall on July 8 that Homer C. Parker, former adjutant general of the Georgia National Guard from 1927 until his 1931 election to the United States House of Representatives from the Savannah district, had intimated that he wished to visit Fort Screven following the adjournment of Congress. Parker had fought to prevent further congressional cuts in army strength and had consistently supported preparedness, Wilson said. “I feel that it is to our interests to have him return to Congress for we cannot afford to lose a friend and I also feel that in case he visits Fort Screven any red fire that you may put on or black powder that you may burn may help him with the Savannah citizens.” (GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Fort Screven].)
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), p. 379.