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    Generals George G. Meade, Joseph Hooker, and George Sykes Endorsements Signed. One and one-half pages, 6.25" x 7.75". Just two weeks after their defeat at the Battle of Chancellorsville, three generals of the Army of the Potomac place their endorsements regarding an officer's accounts. The first to sign, on May 20, 1863, is Gen. Sykes, commander of the 2nd Division, 5th Army Corps, who forwards the issue on to his commander, Gen. Meade, overall commander of the 5th Army Corps. Meade believes that the officer's case is not unusual and states that the "officer in question should have settled his accounts before joining his regiment." He further complains that there is a general "want of attention to these matters among officers." Meade then forwards it on to Joseph Hooker, commanding general of the Army of the Potomac, who receives it on May 27. Hooker asks: "Cannot this officer be allowed additional time for the adjustment of his accounts. His presence with his company cannot now well be dispersed[?] with." Toned along the edges and vertical fold, which is beginning to separate at the upper edge.

    The following month, Robert E. Lee began his invasion of the North. Hooker was bent on capturing Richmond, but was ordered by Lincoln to instead protect Washington and Baltimore and to find Lee and crush him. Hooker soon got into a dispute regarding Harpers Ferry and offered his resignation, which was quickly accepted by the president and Gen. Henry Halleck, general in chief of the Federal Army. Meade was given overall command of the Army of the Potomac on June 28, just three days before the Union and Confederate Armies clashed at Gettysburg.


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    June, 2014
    7th Saturday
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