"There was never a moment in our lives that we were not reminded that our father was the finest, bravest, most gallant, and best-looking man who ever lived and that he was destined for unimaginable glory. This we took for granted. Being our father’s children was a special influence in all our lives, but the greatest, most pervasive, and most interesting influence in my life was Ma."
The Button Box is the loving memoir of Beatrice Ayer Patton (1886-1953), the wife of one of the greatest military figures in history, General George S. Patton, Jr. Written by the Pattons’ daughter, Ruth Ellen, the book covers Beatrice’s life from her youth in a wealthy New England family until her death, with an emphasis on her years of marriage to George Patton. A supportive and loving wife, Beatrice was accomplished in her own right as an equestrian, musician, lecturer, sailor, and internationally published author. Courageous and adventurous, Beatrice played a significant role in her husband’s life. Without her, General Patton might never have reached his own level of success.
Although there have been numerous books written on George S. Patton, The Button Box provides a unique perspective on the general’s complex personality as well as a rare and intimate look inside his famous American family, a glimpse of the “Old Army” that formed the cadre of the army of World War II, and a detailed description of life “between the wars” in a society not to be seen again. Most important, though, it is the story of a truly fascinating woman, told with love and a rowdy sense of humor by her daughter.
|Publisher:||University of Missouri Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||3 Months to 18 Years|
About the Author
Ruth Ellen Patton Totten (1915-1993) was the daughter of General George S. Patton and Beatrice Ayer Patton. She was the author of The Rolling Kitchen.
A decorated Vietnam veteran, James Patton Totten is the son of Ruth Ellen Patton Totten. A retired U.S. Army Reserve Colonel and textile plant manager, he lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
Table of Contents
Foreword Carlo W. D'Este vii
Chapter 1 Granfer Ayer and Ellie 5
Chapter 2 "Like Birds on a Telephone Wire" 18
Chapter 3 Growing Up 29
Chapter 4 The Pattons 35
Chapter 5 Georgie 66
Chapter 6 Orange Blossoms 85
Chapter 7 The Great War 102
Chapter 8 Camp Meade and Fort Myer 121
Chapter 9 Schofield Barracks 145
Chapter 10 Legendes Hawaiiennes 177
Chapter 11 "The Debutante Racket" 231
Chapter 12 Hawaii Revisited 247
Chapter 13 Trouble in Paradise 260
Chapter 14 Europe Before the War 288
Chapter 15 Visiting Firemen 301
Chapter 16 Long Shadows 321
Chapter 17 "A Helluva Way to Die" 343
Chapter 18 I Hide in Songs 354
Chapter 19 Happy Days 380
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