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McClellan, George Brinton (1826-1885) to Jefferson Davis

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01669 Author/Creator: McClellan, George Brinton (1826-1885) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 30 September 1854 Pagination: 9 p. ; 24.7 x 19.7 cm.

Summary of Content: McClellan, Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers, describes the Island of Hispaniola (present-day Haiti and the Dominican Republic) geographically and politically to Davis, Secretary of War. Relays information about Hispaniola obtained from the German explorer Sir Robert Hermann Schomburgk. Referring to Hispaniola, states "there are no indications of either commercial or agricultural prosperity."

People: Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889
McClellan, George B., 1826-1885
Schomburgk, Robert Hermann, Sir, 1804-1865

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Union GeneralConfederate General or LeaderMilitary HistoryCaribbeanGeography and Natural HistoryPoliticsGovernment and CivicsAgriculture and Animal HusbandryCommerceGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign Policy

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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