American General in World War II.
Autograph Letter Signed, George Patton Jr., quarto, three pages, West Point, New York, [1904-1909]. On imprinted West Point stationery, to Dear Papa.
“I have been spooning my head off lately that is Saturday and Sunday. This Gage my new room mate had a couple of girls down from Vassa[r] and I was helping him out with them. They were quite nice but it is the devil to amuse people this time of the year when there is absolutely nothing to do and even flirtation is too muddie.
“We finished sound and light friday and begin astronomy tonight. They say it is pretty hard but I suppose it is about like everything else. I heard today that there is probability of a bill being passed to increase the army by 852 officers so you want to get together and talk up early graduation for us for it would be hell to be ranked by five hundred cits.
“I got a letter from a fellow named Greer asking me to come into the 4th Cavalry. He is a hellish Southerner and held out the fact that it was Lee’s old regiment. He said he would get me a good troop but I doubt his power. The regiment is now at St. Paul. The weather has been very bad lately with lots of wind and mud over everything. This Gage I am living with is a pretty good fellow and was a gentleman before he entered which is more than can be said of Wright. He is a pretty good room mate I may live with him next summer. I am not doing awfully well in drill regs but what is the use I got all the good out of them I can expect. With lots of love your devoted son”
After a year at VMI George S Patton went to West Point in June 1904. “From the first he gave much thought to becoming a cadet corporal at the end of the school year. His studies gave him much concern. He worried constantly about his academic standing. Reciting and writing at the blackboard in class were very difficult. He felt worthless and stupid much of the time, for he had to work hard for everything, and he envied his classmates who made good grades with much less work. What sustained him and gave him courage, as always, was his parent, who understood his difficulties and knew that he was doing all he could. Papa wrote often to reassure him. George S Patton agonized, studied hard, maintained a respectable if not superior academic standing, and cultivated his military appearance by being exceedingly neat and sharp. Graduating in June 1909 at twenty-four years of age, George S Patton had needed five years to complete the course. He had won his athletic letter by breaking the school record in the high hurdles. He was an accomplished swordsman and an expert sharpshooter with the rifle and pistol. By his fastidious attire and model bearing and behavior, as well as by his testing of himself at the firing range and elsewhere, he had established the beginnings of what would later be recognized as the Patton legend” [Martin Blumenson, Patton: The Man Behind the Legend, 1885-1945].
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