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MAJOR GENERAL RANDOLPH B. MARCY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/28/1870 - HFSID 286535

GENERAL RANDOLPH B. MARCY Signed ALS informing a colonel that appointments to the West Point Board of Visitors have already been filled Autograph Letter signed: "R. B. Marcy", 5¼x8, 2 pages (front and verso), with paper frame. Adjutant General's Office, Head Quarters, Army of the United States, Washington, D.C.

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GENERAL RANDOLPH B. MARCY
Signed ALS informing a colonel that appointments to the West Point Board of Visitors have already been filled
Autograph Letter signed: "R. B. Marcy", 5¼x8, 2 pages (front and verso), with paper frame. Adjutant General's Office, Head Quarters, Army of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1870 March 2. On official letterhead to Col. J. G. Wilson, in full: "I have sent you a copy of the new Army Register in accordance with your request. In regards to the selections for the Board of Visitors to West Point, I am not aware of what the practice has been, but I would think an intimation to the President that you would like it might influence his action in the matter. I have this instant learned that all the appointments for West Point Visitors have already been made. Very truly yours". Randolph Barnes Marcy (1812-1887) was a veteran of the Black Hawk and Mexican Wars, and of the expedition against Mormon Utah in 1857. He was chief of staff for his son-in-law, General George McClellan, early in the Civil War, and later became one of the Union Army's four Inspectors General. His most important contribution to his country was not purely military, however. In 1859, the US Government published his comprehensive book, The Prairie Traveler: a Handbook for Overland Expeditions. This book, replete with maps and illustrations, was a reliable guide to settlers journeying West. Based on survival techniques he had learned first hand, Marcy's book covered everything from wagon maintenance, to route planning to reading Indian smoke signals. He certainly saved the lives of many pioneers. Torn at top left corner. 1 vertical fold crease. Otherwise fine condition. Paper frame ragged at top and bottom edge. Left corners torn away.

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