3-584 To Mrs. John B. Wilson, March 31, 1943

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: March 31, 1943

Subject: World War II

To Mrs. John B. Wilson

March 31, [1943] Washington, D.C.

Dear Rose,

My battle has always been to keep going and conserve my energies in every possible way. You apparently had great hard luck but I wonder if you did not overplay your hand at the start.1 However, that is a natural reaction of youthful ardent enthusiasms as compared to sluggish elderly philosophies such as mine.

I can’t tell you of my plans but I hope I shall be here when you come and we shall have some rides.2 I was on a horse yesterday; things are just beginning to bloom.

With my love, and with all my sympathy to John and Celeste,3


G. C. M.

Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Collection, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.

Document Format: Typed letter signed.

1. Doing her part in the war effort, Rose Page Wilson, Marshall’s goddaughter, assembled clock mechanisms in a Sperry Corporation factory. Working at least ten hours a day in the factory, she eventually suffered from physical exhaustion and broke her elbow while trying to keep from falling when she felt faint. (Rose Page Wilson, General Marshall Remembered [Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1968], pp. 250-53.)

2. In April Rose attended the dedication of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. She and General Marshall went horseback riding, “but neither one of us mentioned either the war or my accident,” she later wrote. “The whole ride was taken up with one of our most absorbing Jefferson-Hamilton arguments.” (Ibid., p. 255.)

3. John was Rose’s husband, and Celeste Page Morgan was her sister.

Recommended Citation: ThePapers 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. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), pp. 623-624.

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