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Collection pertaining to John and Nathaniel Collins McLean [Decimalized .01-.04]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01740.05 Author/Creator: Place Written: s.l. Type: Header Record Date: circa 1853-1897 Pagination: 4 items

GLC01740.05.01 and .02 were previously attached together with metal clips. These two letters discuss Nathaniel McLean's participation in the Battle of Second Manassas (McLean outlines events which took place under his command on Bald Hill, 30 August 1862). Contains a leave of absence granted to N. McLean during the Civil War (.03), and a biographical sketch of John McLean (.04).

John McLean was an American jurist and politician who served in the United States Congress, as U.S. Postmaster General, and as a justice on the Ohio and U.S. Supreme Courts. His son, Nathaniel Collins McLean, served as a Union General during the Civil War.

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