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To Mrs. James J. Winn
September 4, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
I have not written you for some time for I have been almost constantly on the move. First I was away about twelve days on the Churchill rendezvous, and then after two days in town left again for Illinois, Denver, Glacier National Park, the Northwest, San Francisco, Cheyenne, Omaha, and home. I spent two days in Glacier Park on horseback and fishing, the latter without much success because of heavy showers. The scenery was magnificent and the outing much appreciated.
For the first time since July 4th I got down to Leesburg and spent last Saturday afternoon and Sunday there, most of the time on a ladder or in trees doing pruning your mother wanted attended to. Fortunately I was in easy telephone reach because I had to talk to Hyde Park and to Washington five or six times on pretty important matters.
I see a recent War Department policy will make Jim a major.1 You are getting a promotion entirely too quickly; a long period of incubation as the wife of a lieutenant is excellent training. However, I am glad you are to have the advantage of a major’s choice for quarters. Your mother received a letter from Kay, who was very enthusiastic about you, your hospitality and your apartment.
Your mother is at Leesburg now wrestling with the painters, carpenters and plumbers. The garage is about completed and the tool-house in place of the stable was finished two weeks ago; the smaller details around the house are being attended to now. I think she has spent about $1000 to date, but all of it is in a good cause I believe against the future.
With my love,
Document Copy Text Source: Research File, Family Folder, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Two weeks previously the War Department had announced a promotion policy whereby temporary promotion by selection was extended to all grades. According to the War Department’s statement, the policy combined “permanent and temporary promotion of Reserve officers with temporary promotion of Regular Army officers to remove inequalities” between the two components of the army. “Last June the War Department instituted a procedure of temporary promotion by selection to the grade of colonel for Regular Army officers. This departure from the rule of seniority is giving the Army more vigorous leadership.” (Army and Navy Journal, August 23, 1941, p. 1449.) Captain James J. Winn was promoted to major on October 10, 1941.
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), pp. 597-598.