Lot 394: Union general (1815–1872) best known for leading his troops to a commanding victory over Lee's Confederates at Gettysburg. LS signed "Geo. G. Meade," four pages on two adjoining sheets, 7.75 x 9.75, Headquarters Department of the South letterhead, March 1869. Letter to Thomas H. Ruger. In part: "In compliance with the orders of the President of the United States I turn over to you the command of the Department of the South. You have been verbally informed of most matters connected with the administration of affairs. For details in military matters I refer you to the Chiefs of Staff Departments…When I assumed command of the late 2nd Military District, Bvt. Major General Canby placed in my hands, a sum of money belonging to what he called the Civil Department Fund, accruing from Licences, taxes, fines mulched by Military Commissions and other sources of revenue created by the orders of the Military Commander. General Canby stated this fund had been disbursed according to his judgment and under his direction, for such purposes…not provided for by Army Regulations or the reconstruction laws, such as the support and transportation of loyal destitute persons…extra pay to deserving employees, military and civil & etc….You will herewith receive my check for the sum of thirteen hundred dollars…being the balance of the fund now in my hands, and you will be furnished by Captain Farnsworth, A.Q.M. with a list of the property belonging to the fund, including …buildings erected in the vicinity for orderlies and other employees." In very good condition, with tape-repaired partial separations to mailing folds and a couple repaired tears (affecting some of the writing).
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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