Memorandum for Colonel Sexton
July 28, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
There is quite a bit of rough ground on the north side of Water Street between the Key Bridge and the abutment of the old bridge—further upstream. People going canoeing park their cars in this space.
Last night I found police signs blocking all parking which meant that one would have to go to the upper level to find some place to park on the crowded streets. The policeman told me that the Army had done this in order to protect Key Bridge.
Will you find out what this is because it looks like damn nonsense to me. Besides, confidentially, it interferes with my canoeing.1
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. Colonel William T. Sexton, assistant secretary of the General Staff, replied that the army had not ordered the parking restrictions. Two weeks later Sexton reported that "we have become involved with civilian agencies to the extent that it appears inadvisable to press the matter further.” He had arranged to have two parking spaces reserved at the site for the War Department, but Marshall replied: "Never mind. I must not be so involved in special treatment. They have given me the freedom of a lot." (Sexton Memorandums for the Chief of Staff, July 28, 29, and August 10, 1942, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected]. Marshall wrote his response on the August 10 memorandum.)
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. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), pp. 282–283.