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GENERAL JOHN POPE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/10/1885 - HFSID 264497

JOHN POPE ALS: "very truly yours/Jno. Pope", 1½ pages, 5x8. San Francisco, California, 1885 November 10. On letterhead of Headquarters Division of the Pacific to E.C. Brown Esq., New York. Begins: "My dear Sir".

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Condition: lightly creased, lightly soiled, otherwise fine condition
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JOHN POPE
ALS: "very truly yours/Jno. Pope", 1½ pages, 5x8. San Francisco, California, 1885 November 10. On letterhead of Headquarters Division of the Pacific to E.C. Brown Esq., New York. Begins: "My dear Sir". In full: "I am just in receipt of your letter of the 31st ult & answer my willingly comply with your request if I could do so. Of course I have only copies, in the handwriting of other people, of letters or documents written by me during the War [illegible] since & these would be of no use to you. If this letter & the signature will furnish such an autograph as will answer your purpose you are very welcome to it." John Pope (1822-1892), a graduate of West Point, fought with distinction at Monterrey and Buena Vista in the Mexican War. During the Civil War, as Commander of the Army of the Mississippi, Pope captured New Madrid and took part in Halleck's move on Corinth. These successes brought him the command of the newly organized Army of Virginia (June 1862), and he was named Brigadier General in the regular army. Pope attributed his defeat at the second battle of Bull Run to alleged disobedience on the part of Fitz John Porter. At his court-martial, Porter declared that it was impossible to carry out Pope's orders, but he was, nevertheless, cashiered. Pope, who mustered out of the volunteers on September 1, 1866, held a number of commands, mostly in the West, after the Civil War, including this one with the Division of the Pacific, until he retired in 1886, the year after he signed this letter. Lightly creased. Lightly soiled at blank areas, pencil erasures at lower right margin of signature page. Overall, fine condition.

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