1-256 To Mrs. Thomas B. Coles, November 13, 1927

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: November 13, 1927

To Mrs. Thomas B. Coles

November 13, 1927 Fort Benning, Georgia

Dear Aunt Lottie

We had two days of lovely weather and scenery from Woodville to Chattanooga, stopping at Pulaski and at Lenoir. Marie made an ideal traveling companion. Then we had a delightful visit with the Cootes at Ft. Oglethorpe, even tho it rained.1 But I rode each day. From there to Benning the roads were not so good, but we made it in a day, arriving at 5 P.M.

The next morning at 9 A.M. our freight arrived at the house, and ever since we have slaved from early morn until well after dark, less hours for lunch and dinner with various friends. I have inherited a fine colored orderly who has worked in the house for two years, and a good cook was found for me; in addition I find a Cadillac car and driver goes with the job. The house is the most attractive I have had. Here is a rough sketch.

{Sketch of house and gardens}

My poor sister has worked so hard she complains bitterly of “misery” in her feet. We find the house and its surroundings really charming. I commence my riding at 615 in the morning and will explore the wonderful trails they tell me about.

You and Charlotte were very sweet to Marie and gave her a rare treat which she hugely enjoyed. And I am grateful accordingly. I was very glad to be with you on my way to new scenes and surroundings under such changed conditions. It served to me as a warm reassurance that my ties over so many years were not to be entirely disrupted. Thank you for your kindness and thoughtfulness. With love to you both,



Document Copy Text Source: Research File, Family Folder, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.

Document Format: Handwritten letter signed.

1. Lieutenant Colonel Harry N. Cootes, “an old and dear friend” who had attended V.M.I. for two years (1892-94), was serving with a Cavalry regiment at this post in Northwest Georgia, near Chattanooga, Tennessee. A few years later, Marshall wrote of Cootes: “He is invariably beloved by all his subordinates and secures their best and happiest efforts. He admires brains and has the ability to spot them. . . . His commands are always very high in morale and splendid in appearance. He makes a remarkably fine impression on civilians and is beloved by many. He is a highly honorable man, completely loyal to his superiors, and [has] done much in the past for the good of the Army." (Marshall to Fox Conner, November 27, 1933, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Illinois National Guard].)

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), pp. 316-318.

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