The George C. Marshall Papers


Major General Charles B. Dougherty[1] to Captain Charles D. Rhodes

My dear Captain Rhodes:–

. . . You know with what esteem and regard Lieutenant Marshall is held by the officers and men of the National Guard of Pennsylvania. He has served with us so often; he is so capable in every way, and has kept in such constant touch, by correspondence, with some of the Colonels and helped them in their efforts to increase the efficiency of their commands that I feel he can accomplish a great deal of good in Pennsylvania if we can only have him detailed to this State.
He is, I understand, under detail to go to Massachusetts. As you probably know, Lieutenant Marshall is a native of Pennsylvania, and on that account, is deeply interested in the progress of the National Guard of this State. He is so fit for the work we have in mind and can be so helpful to us that I feel, with your sure knowledge of the situation, that I may call upon you to help to do something to get the detail to Massachusetts revoked, and have him sent to us here in Pennsylvania.[2]. . .

Sincerely yours,

C. B. Dougherty
NA/RG 165 (OCS)
    [1]Dougherty had become commander of the entire Pennsylvania National Guard division. Rhodes was a member of the General Staff Corps and assigned to the Office of the Chief of Staff.
    [2]Inclosed with this letter was one that Dougherty wrote to Brigadier General Thomas J. Stewart, the adjutant general of Pennsylvania, concerning Marshall's assignment: "If there is anything in the world that you can do to bring this about, it will be rendering valued service, not only to the State, but to the Division Commander as well." Stewart wrote a "personal and unofficial" letter to Major General Leonard Wood, the army chief of staff, urging Marshall's assignment to Pennsylvania. Rhodes replied on May 19 that the chief of staff did not feel that he could "revoke Marshall's order without being accused of injustice toward Massachusetts." (NA/RG 165 [OCS].)