1-255 To Mrs. Thomas B. Coles, October 26, 1927

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: October 26, 1927

To Mrs. Thomas B. Coles

October 26, 1927 Washington, D.C.

Dear Aunt Lottie:

There has been a violent change in my affairs. Yesterday the Chief of Staff appointed me assistant commandant of the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia to replace a man just promoted brigadier general.1 Benning is near Columbus, Georgia, 125 miles south west of Atlanta. The job is a much better one than my present occupation as there are 600 officers at Benning of whom 450 are students in the school which will be my direct charge. There is a war strength regiment (3500 men) at Benning, also a peace strength regiment, a battalion of artillery, a company of tanks and a squadron of aeroplanes. These troops are for school demonstrations. The house I will occupy was a farm house before the government took over the place in 1918, and it has been steam heated, refloored and generally fixed up. So you see I will lead a country life, which is what I need. They gave me my choice of remaining here, going to Governor’s Island, N.Y., as chief of staff of that corps area, or the Benning job. I thought it best professionally and in my present frame of mind to go to Benning.

This terminates my pleasant plans for Thanksgiving, but I hope to stop a night with you enroute by motor. My sister may accompany me to cheer me up on the trip and to settle my new quarters. If she does, can you put us up for a night about a week or ten days from now?

With love to you all,



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

Document Format: Handwritten letter signed.

1. The army chief of staff since November 21, 1926, had been Major General Charles P. Summerall. Marshall was replacing Frank S. Cocheu (U.S.M.A., 1894), whose promotion had become effective on October 18.

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. 316.

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