MAJOR GENERAL GEORGE B. MCCLELLAN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 22230
Sale Price $450.00
The Union Army General who fell out of favor early in the Civil War signed this handwritten letter sent to a family member
Autograph Letter signed: Geo B McClellan", 1p, 5x7¾. No place, no date. To "My dear Annie". In Full: "Finding a little vacant space on Billy's papers I take it to say to you how very handsome your present to him is. It is by far the most beautiful thing of the kind I ever saw. & will be valued all the more for the kind feeling that induced you to take so much trouble for your new cousin. I don't know but that I would like to have one for myself - it would be uncommon & distinguished. Hoping that your wanderings may bring you out here & that in any event we shall soon see you all again. I am with love to all your affectionate cousin." Written on verso of a letter fragment (unknown hand) addressing "Annie dear." George McClellan (1826-1885) was named General in Chief by President Lincoln in November 1861, just months after the Civil War began. 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. Despite his moderate military and political successes, McClellan is remembered for being too passive when commanding the Union Army. Many historians wonder whether the Civil War could have been ended sooner had McClellan given chase to a weakened Confederate Army on numerous occasions. Lightly soiled. Nicked in upper left. 2-inch paper separation at left edge of horizontal fold silked on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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