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Claimant to the French throne who served with the Union army in the American Civil War thanks a general for documents useful to the Count in writing his history of the conflict.
Autograph Letter signed: "L P d'Orleans/Comte de Paris", 1p with integral leaf, 4¾x7¼. "Chateau d'Eu (France), 1882 July 1. On personal letterhead to an unnamed general. Docketed on integral leaf. In full: "I received with the greatest pleasure the collection of your official reports, for they will be of the greatest importance to me for my further studies on the war. Your kind autograph enhances greatly the value of this little volume in the eyes of your friend and comrade." Louis Philippe Albert, the Duke of Orleans and Count of Paris (1838-1894), the grandson of France's last reigning monarch - King Louis Philippe - acquired a claim to the French throne after the death of his father in 1842. Exiled to England after King Louis Philippe was deposed in 1848, he joined the Union cause in the American Civil War, serving on the staff of General George McClellan with the rank of Captain. In this capacity he was actively involved in several battles of McClellan's Peninsular Campaign of 1862. As US-French relations deteriorated following the introduction of French troops into Mexico, the Count returned to Europe in 1863. He returned to France in 1871, living quietly there until the French Republic banished all claimants to the throne from the country in 1886. The Count wrote an 8-volume history of the American Civil War, which explains his request for records from the unnamed American general to whom this letter is written. Mailing folds. Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.

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