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(1826 - 1885) Union major general and general-in-chief of the army whose hesitation in attacking Confederate forces caused him to be sacked by Lincoln. War-date A.L.S., 1p. 4to., Saratoga, June 20, 1864 to noted scientist and U.S. Coastal Survey Superintendent Alexander D. Bache. McClellan thanks Bache for sending: "...the admirable collection of War Maps...please accept my sincere thanks for them, and my apology for so long neglecting to acknowledge their receipt. My eyes troubled me for a time from overworks that I was obliged to postpone all writing for a time...". Near fine. No wonder Mac's eyes were tired: he was nominated by the Democrats to run against Lincoln the same year and writing certainly was a major part of the job. And the maps? Following the example of Winfield Scott, he ran as a general still on active duty and would not resign his commission until Election Day, November 8, 1864.
Estimate $ 500-600

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