MAJOR GENERAL GEORGE B. MCCLELLAN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/26/1877 - HFSID 154608
Sale Price $680.00
GEORGE MC CLELLAN. Autograph Letter signed: Geo B McClellan", 2p, 5x8 folded. No place, 1877 April 26. To "My Dear General". In full: "In packing up preparatory to leaving Baltimore I find - to my horror - that I have left your letter unanswered. I offer a hundred apologies for my neglect - but the truth is that I have had so much to do, & with much illness in my family that I have neglected many things that I ought to have attended to - but none that I regret so much as this. I could not have given the letter you asked - for I have no personal acquaintance with the Gen Lyon [?] having met him once only in your party, & the action he was kind enough to take in regard to the [4 words illegible] was of such a nature as to render it absolutely necessary for me to use the utmost delicacy with regard to him. He acted with so much kindness & delicacy towards me, that I feel in honor bound not to approach him in any way in regard to appointments. I shall be in N. Y. next week, for two or three weeks - when I shall see you. In haste, & again apologizing for my neglect, I am in closing your friend." McClellan (1826-1885) was named General in Chief by President Lincoln in November 1861. He directed the Peninsular Campaign and won at Antietam, but was removed by President Lincoln for failure to continue the pressure on Lee's army. No match for Confederate General Robert E. Lee as a field commander, but skilled at logistics and training, McClellan made a great contribution to eventual Union victory by building the Army of the Potomac into a well trained and disciplined fighting force. In 1864, he was the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for President, losing to Lincoln 233 electoral votes to 21. From 1878-1881, he was Governor of New Jersey. Fine condition.
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