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To Sam Hobbs
November 2, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Judge Hobbs:
Since my meeting with you and Congressman Sparkman the other day I have had the matter of Fort McClellan looked into.1 I find that there are no plans at present for the abandonment of Fort McClellan; that it is classified in the list of installations that may or may not become part of the regular post-war military establishment; and that the housing of this particular installation may be required for the maximum enlisted strength of the mobilized post-war Army.
It would appear at the present time that its employment as a training and maneuver center appears a certainty; because of the type of construction available and the extent and character of the reservation as compared to other available reservations, it could not be favorably considered as a divisional station.
However, the entire problem of post-war installations is in a most elementary and formative period and it will be quite a long time before any definite conclusions can be arrived at. The type and size of Army we are to have will necessarily have much to do with the installations retained. At the present time the best that can be done is to release those temporary installations which we are certain will not be involved in the transfer of strength from Europe to the Pacific and which plainly do not present the qualities to be desired for the peacetime demands of the Army. McClellan is not in this category.
I must ask that you respect my confidence in the handling of this information. I know you realize the difficulties that would devolve upon me if it were released to the public.2
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. See Marshall Memorandum for General McNarney, September 26, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-529 [4: 607].
2. Marshall’s original paragraph read: “I must ask you to treat this information as confidential because, as you will clearly understand, the publication of these comments would lead to a deluge of political pressure from all over the country, and frankly I haven’t time for that at the present moment. The war is absorbing all my attention.” Handy suggested the paragraph that was actually sent to Hobbs.
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. 4, “Aggressive and Determined Leadership,” June 1, 1943-December 31, 1944 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), p. 648.