George S. Patton Jr.

George S. Patton Writes to His Father From West Point About the Army Bill - Signed Twice

George S. Patton Writes to his Father From West Point About the Army Bill - Signed Twice.

 

Six page letter, consisting of one bi-fold, penned on all four side plus a single page, penned on both sides. West Point, New York letterhead, 5.5" x 6.75". Signed by George Patton on the last page as "Geo S. Patton Jr.". Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, postmarked "March 30, 1930", and autographed and signed in the third person to his father of the same name "Mr. Geo S. Patton"

 

George S. Patton writes to his father from West Point about the army bill. "I want to be on the near not for the ride it is ridiculous to let a lot of men who have studied the art of war by more than three years be . . . by a bunch of ignorant militia whose only title to preference is that they never took enough interest in the army to try to enter it until it was thrust upon them as an easy living by a bunch of stupid pot bellied senators."

 

Patton graduated from West Point in 1909 and served with Pershing both in Mexico in 1916, and in France in 1917. A student of the Civil War cavalry, he studied hits mobility and used the same tactics with the tank. In 1942, he occupied Morocco and commanded the Seventh Army in the capture of Sicily. The apogee of his career came with the great sweep of his Third Army across France in the summer of 1944. He earned the nickname "Old Blood and Guts" for his courage, daring and ruthlessness. He was killed by a car accident shortly after the way.

 

The letter, postmarked March 30, 1908 from Westpoint, NY is written on West Point stationery. A young Patton writes in full, "Dear Papa: We have had two parades and everything is going on as usual in spring. I have had a sore throat for about a month for every time it gets well I . . . it and get another cold. Still on the while it is improving a little just now. Say of this Army bill passes to increase the number of officers by 600 can't you have something done to get us in ahead of that . . . of city for they are going to make the hell of "a hump" and I want to be on the near not for the ride it is ridiculous to let a lot of men who have studied the art of war by more than three years be . . . by a bunch of ignorant militia whose only title to preference is that they never took enough interest in the army to try to enter it until it was thrust upon them as an easy living by a bunch of stupid pot bellied senators. If they put this outfit over us it will be the most downable outrage ever committees. Yet there is strong probability that if something is not done they will say we are not fit because we have not . . . all and then will jump right around and say that they are fit because they have all to learn. Write to Senator . . . but first you had better ask Gen. Chaffie. But for lord sake do something and do it quick. B is going to Cal. And will probably get there as soon as this does don't tell her or let her know any of the things about me but do some powerful watching and be awful nice let her ride "Marmian" and if you see that David kill him or do something better introduce him to Helen Emery then tell B and show her Helen. I think it might do great good. We fence for the Corps championship in broad swords on Wednesday and get a gold medal I hope I win it but it is hard to say don't mention this to B. There are some pretty good men out for the track I will have to bust a gut to beat them but I guess I will do it. There is a lot of good football stuff in the class and also some good baseball. We licked the Navy in fencing today though we had two green men on the team now if we can only fix them in baseball and football this . . . may return to its . . . With lots of love your devoted son, Geo. S. Patton."

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