The collection consists of a taped oral interview with Major General Gilbert Xavier Cheves by Robert Scott Davis, Jr., November 8, 1984. The interviews include anecdotes and brief personal remembrances of Sylvanious Morris, dean of the University of Georgia Law School, and of such World War II personalities as Adna R. Chaffee, Ibn Saud, George S. Patton, Claire L. Chennault, Joseph W. Stilwell, Chaing Kai-shek, Dwight David Eisenhower, Grant Taylor, and others. A particularly interesting account of the Patton slapping incident is included.
Major General Gilbert Xavier Cheves was born in 1895 in Richwood, Georgia. Cheves lost his father while young and was raised by his mother in Atlanta. He graduated from the University of Georgia Law School in 1917 and shortly afterwards went into the U.S. Army as a private in the Georgia National Guard. During the First World War Cheves served in France with supplies and ports. In the second World War, he helped to organize the United States armored forces at different times was commanding officer in Cairo, Calcutta, and Korea. During the Malta Conference, he was chief of security. As a major general, Gilbert X. Cheves retired in 1947 and went into the construction business in Atlanta.