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MAJOR GENERAL GEORGE B. MCCLELLAN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 10/07/1883 - HFSID 22231

GEORGE B. McCLELLAN. ALS: "Geo. B. McClellan," 5½p, 8½x11, front and verso. Orange, N.J., 1883 October 7. On stationery of "The National Home for Disabled

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GEORGE B. McCLELLAN. ALS: "Geo. B. McClellan," 5½p, 8½x11, front and verso. Orange, N.J., 1883 October 7. On stationery of "The National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers," of which McClellan is one of the nine board members listed on the letterhead. To General William B. Franklin, President of the Home. The entire letter concerns the operations of the Home. In part: "I found the establishment in excellent condition, which was all the more satisfactory that my coming was known only an hour or two before I arrived. I have never seen any kitchen & mess room cleaner & in better order than those at Hampton on Friday, & I find from conversation with some of the men that Hampton 'has the reputation of having the best grub of any home'...I found that 23 transfers had been made from Milwaukee...of which 12 men in the last 10 days of the month - and that most of the men transferred are good men, discontented with the food and the treatment at the hands of non comd officers who are ___ as manning the establishment...It seems to me that for the present all transfers to Hampton should be discontinued, except when the change of climate is absolutely necessary for a man's health, until we have more accommodations. I found 150 men in tents, already floored; but they have no flies. I think it would be difficult & expensive to make them habitable during the winter, & am very sure that a large proportion, at least, of the men now in there would be at once put in more comfortable quarters. I directed the bowling alley to be cleared out immediately, & used for quarters; I also directed the old reading room to be at once cleared out & used for quarters...the new reading room (the old amusement hall) will not be ready for about ten weeks, & I thought it better to deprive the men of the use of the library for that time-the files of papers can temporarily be put in the care of the Company Sergeants. These two rooms will accommodate 66 men- ie 26 in the bowling alley & 40 in the reading room...I expect to go down again in about a couple of weeks, & will try to have Dr. Billey meet me there & start the plans for new Hospital...a colored laundress which you had ordered to be discharged has complyed (sic) in washing the men's white shirts...Until we put matters ___ ___ at Hampton, to which home is it best for me to send such men as apply to me for admission? The readmission cases to Hampton will form quite as large a number as there is any possible chance of taking care of." McClellan 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. In 1864, he was the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for President, losing to Lincoln 233 electoral votes to 21. McClellan resigned his commission. From 1878-1881, he was Governor of New Jersey. General William Buell Franklin (1823-1903), a West Point graduate with an engineering background and a classmate of U.S. Grant, served in the war. After the war he was General Manager of Colt's Fire Arms until 1888 and devoted the balance of his life to design projects for the State of Pennsylvania, as well as heading various commissions for expositions. On thin paper with glassine tape repairs, chipped at edges with just a few letters missing, else in fine condition.

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