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    McClellan: "I have made it a rule to avoid writing letters for publication..." George B. McClellan, (1826-1885), Union General, commanded Army of the Potomac, fine content war-date Autograph Letter Signed "Geo W McClellan", one page, 7.5" x 9.5", New York, May 20, 1863 to Charles C. Fulton., editor of the Baltimore American"; it denies permission to publish remarks made in a conversation between the two. Marked "Private" "I regarded our conversation as entirely a private one, brought on in consequence of the note of introduction you brought to me from Judge [Montgomery] Blair. I have no idea of talking for the public nor that our interview should lead to any letters for publication. Your letter as a general thing expresses my views, which you have made in some cases rather stronger & wider than I intended, & in others less so. But, for reasons which I need not explain, I have made it a rule to avoid writing letters for publication, & have sought to remain as quite as possible, and I do not feel that the time has yet arrived for me to depart from my custom, and I therefore request that my conversation may not be regarded as a subject for publication." McClellan had been sidelined by the Lincoln Administration amid accusations that he did not prosecute the war to the fullest extent as he was more concerned with his supply lines than going into battle. Viewed by many as a potential political opponent of Lincoln in the 1864 election, he was continually asked for his political views. Fulton had written to McClellan to correct what he termed as the "general misapprehension prevailing as to your views on... the vigor prosecution of the war." Fulton had been led to understand that McClellan viewed any compromise with the South as "ridiculous" and that he denied any connection with the Copperheads. Light marginal toning and a minor chip, usual folds, else fine. Offered together with a cut Signature "Geor B. McClellan Maj. Genl. USA" on a 7" x 2" mounted slip of paper. Fine. Also offered together with an A.L.S. of his son, New York Mayor, George B. McClellan, two pages, 5" x 7.75", [New York], January 23, [19]17 declining a speaking engagement. Fine. Together, three pieces. Excellent content muzzling someone who wanted to publish the views of Lil Mac! From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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