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    George S. Patton Excellent 1904 Letter from West Point Known as "Old Blood and Guts," George S. Patton, Jr. was one of the most colorful generals of World War II. He wore ivory-handled Colt .45 revolvers and sometimes traveled with a bull terrier named Willie. Not known for diplomacy, he once slapped a hospitalized soldier for what he believed was cowardice and his outspokenness caused him to be relieved of command of the Third Army after the war. Offered here is an autograph letter signed, "Georgie," six pages, 5" x 6.5", United States Military Academy letterhead, dated August 18, 1904. This letter was to his sister, Anne, and says, in part, "Yesterday we had a great time, a Mrs. Watson asked ten plebes to a picnic and I was one of them. We all went out at camp separately and met at a little lake in the hills below Fort Putnam. There we waited for a long time and had just determined to drown the fellow who told us we were invited when Mrs. Watson came in a carriage. They brought lots of things to eat and five young ladies... The carriage went away and soon came back with six more girls and Mr. Watson. Then we all ate and drank and most of them spooned, but I was too polite and helped serve things. When I did talk for I didn't spoon, it was to Miss Watson. You see I had very nearly met her the day before under rather advantageous circumstances. I was on guard, and when on guard and not walking, you have to clean everything in sight. I had brushed my hair and was looking very neat so I pretended to sweep the visitors tent where all the people could see me. While I was engaged in this task Miss Watson came up and started to take two steaks off the pile in the tent but they were not piled well and so started to fall on her when I rushed to the rescue and stopped them. Ha!... If she really says the things you say she does and is not sarcastic I may have... hope but I fear she means that infernal engineer who is not a real soldier but merely a builder of bridges... The first class we're having artillery practice this morning and though we could not see the guns we could see the shells bursting on the hills and it looked fine." Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in Patton's hand, to "Mrs. Geo S. Patton." In fine condition, with a mailing fold to each page. An interesting look into Patton's social behavior. By they way, at West Point Patton was an undistinguished student but a remarkable athlete. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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