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Citadel News Service
21 Mar 2011

Letters from Winston Churchill on exhibit in Daniel Library

New archival exhibit documents friendship between Churchill and Clark


A new exhibit in The Daniel Library documents the friendship of Sir Winston Churchill and Gen. Mark W. Clark, who led the Fifth Army during World War II and who served as president of The Citadel from 1954 to 1965. 

Churchill, who called Clark the “American eagle,” wrote in a Jan. 6, 1944 letter:

I have been meaning to write to offer you my sincere congratulations on the signal honour paid you by the President in decorating you for your personal bravery in the great battle of Salerno.  I have heard from British sources of the way in which you exposed yourself in the forward positions to sustain and animate your troops, and it is very likely that your personal intervention was decisive in a battle of which it might well be said, as the Duke of Wellington in after life said of the Battle of Waterloo, “It was a damned close-run thing”.

The exhibit, which will run from March 21 to May 7, includes correspondence, photographs and books autographed by Churchill. 

“It is indeed rare to find unpublished correspondence by Winston Churchill as we have just done in The Citadel’s archives,” said Angie LeClercq, director of the Daniel Library.  “And we are delighted to discover The Citadel’s connection to such a revered historical leader.”

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