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    Nathaniel P. Banks and John Pope: Two Autograph Letters Signed from Nathaniel P. Banks to General John Pope and One Autograph Letter Signed by General John Pope to Secretary of War Edwin Stanton.
    These three letters include 1) Nathaniel P. Banks. ALS. "N.P. Banks." One page, Near Washington, D.C.; 9 A.M., July 21, [1862]. In this letter to General John Pope, who was placed in command of the newly formed Union Army of Virginia, including Banks's command, Banks provides a detailed battle account. "General Hatch reports that Co. B., 5th New York Cavalry was on picket duty at the Rapidan Bridge leading to Madison. Colonel Brodhead 1st Michigan Cavalry has been driven back from Orange to Rapidan Station swimming his horses across the river at day break. He neglected to give notice of his return movement or his messengers were cut off. The company got no order to move and were captured at 3 P.M. 18th instant. This is General Hatch's account. I will communicate with Generals McDowell and Siegel as you direct." 2) Nathaniel P. Banks. ALS. "N.P. Banks." Two pages; Near Washington, D.C.; 9 A.M., July 21, [1862]. In another letter to General John Pope, Banks provides intelligence of "Stonewall" Jackson's Valley Campaign. "The first report of Jackson's force at Louisa Court House came from General Hatch. It was reported among the people. A man named Whitlock had been sent towards Richmond two weeks since by General Geary & returned while Hatch was near Madison & was taken up by his scouts. Whitlock left Richmond last Thursday went by way of Lynchburg to Charlottesville into our lines....They did not talk at all of Jackson's entering the Valley again. His object was to threaten Washington to draw troops from McClellan etc." 3) John Pope. ALS. "Jno. Pope." One page on stationary of Head-Quarters, Department of the Northwest, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; September 21, 1864. In this letter to Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, General Pope recommends R.R. McCaine for appointment as Commissary of Subsistence. McCaine had served as a "confidential cypher operator" in the military telegraph corps under Pope.
    Three fascinating and collectable letters from two controversial Union generals.

    Condition: All letters are in fine condition.


    More Information: Nathaniel P. Banks (1816-1894) was an American politician from Massachusetts and a Union general during the Civil War. John Pope (1822-1892) was a career United States Army officer and Union general in the Civil War. Pope's outstanding performance on the Mississippi earned him a promotion to major general, dated as of March 21, 1862, and he was soon summoned to the East by President Lincoln. After the collapse of Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan's Peninsula Campaign, Pope was appointed to command the Army of Virginia, assembled from scattered forces in the Shenandoah Valley and Northern Virginia. General Banks served under his command, and the two Banks letters offered here were written during this time. Pope himself was relieved of command on September 12, 1862, and he spent the remainder of the war in the Department of the Northwest in Minnesota, dealing with the Dakota War of 1862.


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