Fine Books & Manuscripts
Custer, George Armstrong (1839-1876), Autograph letter signed, Head Quarters Army of the Potomac, Saturday July 26th, 1862, to his cousin Augusta Frary, detailing army life and discussing Generals Halleck, Burnside, Meigs and McClellan, 8vo, (binding pinholes to gutter, news clippings glued to back of last page detailing Custer at Little Big Horn).
Text in full: Cousin (Augusta)/Your letter accompanied by your likeness is received. I do not think you are flattered in the least by your likeness or else my memory serves me wrong. I am very thankful for it. I will send in return with this letter two of myself and am certain that after comparing them with your remembrance of my appearance you will have a very incorrect idea of what I look like. One is taken with my friend Washington who I have mentioned before as being a rebel officer captured by our troops at "Fair Oaks." Wm. Jordan has been exchanged and is now on his way to the North, he passed their place several days ago in company with quite a number of our wounded on board the steamer "Louisiana" his wound was doing well. I do not know whether he will go home or not. The wounded would all be taken as far as Baltimore and from there I do not know what disposition would be made of them. I sent word of his release to his friends so that they could meet him at Baltimore if they desired to do so.
Generals Halleck, Burnside and Meigs arrived here yesterday from Washington to consult with General McClellan they started for Washington this morning. Nothing interesting or exciting is transpiring here now except the reviewing of the different Corps d'Armee by them, commandant and General McClellan.
"Everything is quiet along the lines" and promises to be so for a period. I wish I could write something to make my letter interesting but I cannot. Remember me to your parents. Ever Yours, George.