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MAJOR GENERAL ANDREW A. HUMPHREYS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 06/24/1880 - HFSID 30352

Gettysburg hero writes to Winfield Hancock, whom he replaced as Corps Commander, on his nomination for the U.S. Presidency Autograph Letter signed: "A. A. Humphreys", 1p, 4¾x7¾. Washington, D.C., 1880 June 24.

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ANDREW ATKINSON HUMPRHEYS
Gettysburg hero writes to Winfield Hancock, whom he replaced as Corps Commander, on his nomination for the U.S. Presidency
Autograph Letter signed: "A. A. Humphreys", 1p, 4¾x7¾. Washington, D.C., 1880 June 24. On black-bordered mourning paper to Major General Winfield Scott Hancock, U.S. Army, New York. Docketed on verso. In full: "I have this moment heard of your nomination for the Presidency by the Democratic Convention. I am delighted. Not only is it a personal tribute to your own high qualities, but to the Army of the Potomac of which you are a fitting emblem. Of your election I have no doubt. I believe your views upon all the great questions of the day are sound, and I am confident that in the discharge of your duties as President you will, as you always have done, see that exact justice is done to all. Sincerely yours". Andrew Atkinson Humphreys (1810-1883), West Point graduate of 1831, performed mainly engineering duties for the U.S. Army until the Civil War provided him with the opportunity to prove his mettle as a warrior. After serving on the staff of General George McClellan, he was promoted to a divisional command (September 1862), leading with distinction in the Maryland campaign and at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. At Gettysburg (1863), as a division commander in General Daniel Sickles' III Corps, Humphreys led the valiant resistance to Confederate assaults after General Sickles unwisely ordered the corps forward into exposed positions between the opposing armies. Promoted to Chief of Staff to General Meade, commanding general of the Army of the Potomac, he assumed command of General Hancock's II Corps in 1864 after Hancock's Gettysburg wounds compelled him to quit field service. He was brevetted Major General for gallantry at Sayler's Creek. At war's end, he was by far the oldest corps commander in the Army of the Potomac. With the permanent rank of Brigadier General, he served as Chief of Engineers until his retirement in 1879. Humphreys' confidence in Hancock's election proved ill-founded, although not by much. He lost to another Union general, James A. Garfield, by a mere 10,000 votes out of over 9 million cast (214-155 Electoral Votes). Light vertical line and ink transfer from prior folding of letter. Otherwise, fine condition.

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