Custer, George Armstrong (1839-1876), Autograph letter signed, General McClellan's Head Quarters, Friday October 3rd, 1862, four pages, to his cousin Augusta Frary, discussing the recent visit of President Lincoln, his feelings on the war and his desire to visit her, 8vo, (minor smudging and pinholes in the gutter, two chips to spine).
Text in full: "Cousin, Your letter was received this morning and read with pleasure. I have been out riding all day. The President has paid us a visit and today accompanied by Gen. McClellan and staff, he reviewed that position of the army which is encamped in this vicinity that occupied nearly the entire day. Yesterday the same party visited the late battle ground. The President will probably return to Washington tomorrow.
C. Jordon, a brother of William, visited me yesterday and remained till [sic] this morning. His visit to this army was for the purpose of seeing another brother who was wounded at the battle of South Mountain. He started today for Baltimore to see William He told me that he probably would return home by way of Niagara Falls. You ask me if I will not be glad when the last battle is fought. So far as my country is concerned I, of course must wish for peace and will be glad when the war is ended, but if I answer for myself alone. I must say that I shall regret to see the war end. I would be willing, yes glad, to see a battle every day during my life. Now do not misunderstand me. I only speak of my own interests and desires, perfectly regardless of all the world besides. but as I said before, when I think of the pain and misery produced to individuals as well as the universal sorrow caused throughout the land I cannot but earnestly hope for peace, and at an early date. Do you understand me? I intend to apply for a leave of absence on or about the holidays, & after we have gone into winter quarters, if my application is successful I shall certainly pay you a visit. You spoke of having no one in your family to answer the call "to arms". Why can you not consider me your representative in the army and centre [sic] on me the interest or portion, which you would have done upon your brother. I should certainly strive to represent you and yours with credit. Shall I become your protege in the army? Write soon, Ever Yours/George."