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    Ethan Allen Hitchcock Autograph Letter Signed "E. A. Hitchcock." Four pages on the verso and recto of two integral leaves, 5" x 8", Washington, April 12, 1862, to his niece, Mary. A most personal letter from the noted Union general and author to his niece expressing doubt about his fitness for service and fretting about the course of the war. Light toning and with a paperclip impression, else fine condition.

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    He writes, in part: "This place is killing your uncle...I am now nearly 64 years of age, and though tolerably well, so long as I can keep quiet and take care of myself. I am by no means fit for the wear of public life, especially army life...You must not count too much on the Union success at Pittsburg Landing. The enemy withdrew in good order and may yet be in full force at Corinth...The movement (a secret) of Gen. McClellan has been (there is every sign of fear) a bad mistake..."

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    October, 2013
    17th-18th Thursday-Friday
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