General Meade: Lee is Just 15 Miles Away and "May at Any Time Force Action on Us.”

August 20, 1863

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General Meade: Lee is Just 15 Miles Away and "May at Any Time Force Action on Us.”
Autograph Letter Signed
2 pages | SMC 190

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      Meade has no objections to General Marcy assisting General Hooker with the preparation of his report: “I am well aware of what value your services will be,” he says, “should the question be referred to me.” He is sorry to hear that Marcy is still troubled by his wound – “these things can not be helped” – and has received the “very graphic” carte-de-visite Marcy sent, commenting that “if nothing worse than this happens to me I shall be a fortunate man.” He regrets he cannot allow leaves for Perkins and Oliver, but is refusing all leaves except in the cases of the greatest emergency. Not much is going on, he closes – except that Lee is just fifteen miles away and “may at any time force action on us.”


      Autograph Letter Signed, 2 pages, octavo, Head Quarters, Army of the Potomac, August 20, 1863. To General Randolph Barnes Marcy.
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      Head-Quarters, Army of the Potomac,
      Aug. 20th, 1863.

      Dear Genl. -

      Yours of the 13th was received day before yesterday .

      I can have no objections, to your assisting Genl. Hooker in the preparation of his report as I am fully aware of what value your services will be should the question be referred to me, I will so report.

      I am sorry to hear your wound still troubles you, but these things can not be helped.

      The carte-de-visite sent by you, is very graphic & [...] - if nothing worse than this happens to me I shall be a fortunate man.

      I am sorry I can not comply with your wishes in the cases

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      of Perkins and Oliver, but I have refused all leaves except in cases of the greatest emergency.

      There is not much doing now but Lee is only 15 miles off, and may at any time force action on us.

      Hoping you will soon get well, and wishing you all prosperity & happiness I remain

      very truly yours

      Geo. G. Meade

      I congratulate you on your promotion to Colonel in the Regulars.