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    General McClellan writes to his wife

    George McClellan Civil War Dated Autograph Letter Signed to His Wife. One page, in pencil on lined scrap of paper, 4.75"x 6.25", "New York City,"n.d. [circa March 1862]. As McClellan's massive army begins traveling to Richmond, he sends this brief letter to his wife. In part: "My troops are in motion. All in splendid spirits. We may have a... battle to fight, but I know that I will win it & we will soon be together again." Large penciled circle at center does not affect signature.

    Together with Carbon Copy of Troop Movement Request. One page, on McClellan's personal "Head-Quarters, Army of the Potomac"letterhead, 4.75"x 8", "Camp at Cumberland, May 15, 1862."Addressed to "Brig. Gen. James Van Alen, Military Governor, Yorktown," the message reads in full: "The General Commanding directs that the battalion of Maryland Artillery at Yorktown remain there and that the Forty fourth (44th) New York be sent forward as soon as possible." Printed at lower border: "By Command of Major General McClellan: Assistant Adjutant General."Large penciled scribble at center. And Carbon Copy of Autograph Daily Report Signed Addressed to Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. One page, 5"x 7.75", "Cumberland, May 15, 1 PM," [1862]. McClellan's report reads in part: "Rain commenced again yesterday & continued all last night & today. With utmost difficulty I have moved two divisions in advance of this day... but are continually advancing. Nothing new from the front today. I have heard nothing from James River gun boats..." Document bears a small hole at upper center; large penciled scribble at center.

    All pieces are lightly age toned with mounting traces on verso. Accompanied by a black and white 8"x 10"contemporary reprint photo of McClellan.

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