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To Major General John L. Hines
September 1, 1918 [Ligny-en-Barrois, France]
My dear General:
I am sure no one, not even Mrs. Hines, was more pleased over your promotion than I was, and I regard it as but a step on your way.1 I had hoped to see you personally to congratulate you, and so delayed writing. Now everything is so uncertain that I must send my congratulations by letter.
I am here on temporary duty helping things along. I do not know how long I will remain—possibly some weeks.
Please do not forget me and put in a word for me some time to get me back to troops.
G. C. Marshall, Jr.
Document Copy Text Source: John L. Hines Papers, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Document Format: Handwritten letter signed.
1. Hines (U.S.M.A., 1891) was promoted to major general early in August and given command of the Fourth Division. Prior to this, he had commanded the First Division’s Sixteenth Infantry Regiment and then its First Infantry Brigade.
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. 157.