American Civil War Union General George B. McClellan's Anti-Semitic Letter

August, 1875

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American Civil War Union General George B. McClellan's Anti-Semitic Letter
Autograph Letter Signed
3 pages | SMC 1124

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      To the litany of disagreeable adjectives used to describe General George Brinton McClellan – vain, arrogant, demanding, intrusive, self-serving, paranoid, messianic, insecure, contentious, petty, unreliable and inept – may be added, as evidenced here, anti-Semitic. Traveling back from Germany to the United States, he describes his shipmates thusly:

      We have lots of Germans and Jews on board - but fortunately there are enough Christian gentiles to make it pleasant for us. The Strickneys, a family from Baltimore.... a son of Chas Francis Adams, a Col. Fredenberg... & a few others enable us to be quite independent of the sons of Jacob.

      Athough McClellan has not been characterized in the literature of his life and times as an anti-Semite, this letter shows otherwise.


      Autograph Letter Signed, 3 pages, octavo, no place, Saturday 28th, no month or year [circa August 1875]; to his father-in-law, Col. R. B. Marcy.
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