DescriptionUnion General George Meade Letter Concerning Civil War Mail. This handwritten letter signed by Union General George Meade is dated September 20, 1862 at Camp Sharpsburg, Maryland. This would have been just after the Battle of Antietam. With his soldiers always eager to hear news from home, this letter from Meade to the "Postmaster of Washington City" requests that the postmaster deliver the mail for "several regiments comprising the division of the Pennsylvania Reserve Corps" to the 1st Army Corps mail carrier. The next year Meade would be placed in command of the entire Army of the Potomac at Gettysburg. The letter measures 4.5" x 7" and is in excellent condition.
Accompanying the letter is as large 9" x 7" mounted photograph from Gardner's Photo Sketch Book, photo #49 depicting the "General Post Office, Army of the Potomac." The photo with its mounting measures 14" x 12". The view shows the postmaster and one other seated soldier beside the post office tent at Brandy Station, Virginia in December 1863.
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