The George C. Marshall Papers


George C. Marshall to Major General Edward W. Nichols

My dear General Nichols–

I sent you a very hurried telegram from Galveston acknowledging your letter regarding my detail to the Institute and explaining the impossibility of my being given such a detail before the fall of 1914.[1]
I should have written to you in reply to your letter before this, but I have been very busy in making all the preparations for a long journey and covering the first lap.
Mrs. Marshall and myself sail for Manila at noon tomorrow on the Army Transport "Logan". We should arrive at Honolulu in about a week, at Guam two weeks later and at Manila August 5th.
I have been assigned to the 13th Infantry, which is stationed in Manila. I am now paying the penalty for having had too many good things during the past seven years—six years of various detached service away from troops and no foreign service in nine and one half years.
However I should soon come back from the Islands with a clean slate on all counts. I made personal application for this foreign service I am now starting on—but I knew it was soon to come in any event.
I seem fated as regards a detail to the Institute, but the fact that you consider me a desirable person for the detail is the source of great satisfaction to me.
Mrs. Marshall joins me in warmest regards to Mrs. Nichols and yourself.

Very respectfully yours,

G. C. Marshall, Jr.
VMI/Alumni File; H
    [1]Nichols's letter of June 5 offered Marshall the position of professor of military science. "It is my idea to have the professor of military science connected directly with me as post adjutant and as military adviser. He will, of course, teach the military branches. The position will be somewhat in the nature of an inspector-instructor, the duties of which office you are familiar with from your experience in Massachusetts." The position paid $800 per year, which would be added to his army salary. (Nichols to Marshall, June 5, 1913, VMI/RG 2.) In his telegram of June 16, Marshall stated that he would not be eligible for detached service until October, 1914.