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Stanton, Edwin McMasters (1814-1869) to George B. McClellan

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02490.17 Author/Creator: Stanton, Edwin McMasters (1814-1869) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: circa 1862 Pagination: 1 p. ; 25.3 x 19.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Stanton explains why McClellan's request to send "Todd," an officer, to Buell has not been fulfilled. Generals Ripley and Thomas had accused Todd of "habitualy shirking duty," and Stanton had been investigating the matter. Stanton notes that "Genl Thomas acted on my order, and not out of any disrespect to your wishes...."

Background Information: A controversial member of Lincoln's cabinet, Stanton proved to be an able head of the War Department. Acted as attorney general at the end of Buchanan's administration. Opposed to slavery ...but protected Southern rights to preserve the Union. An early critic of Lincoln's policies but was named War Secretary. Worked well with congressional leaders and generals in the field, creating order out of chaos. Pushed for removal of McClellan. Worked with Radical Republicans at the end of the war to secure harsher punishment for the South, causing conflict with Andrew Johnson, eventually leaving office in May 1868. Named to Supreme Court by Grant in 1869 but died before he could be sworn in.See More

People: Stanton, Edwin McMasters, 1814-1869
McClellan, George B., 1826-1885

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarLincoln's CabinetUnion ForcesUnion GeneralMilitary HistoryAmerican Statesmen

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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