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PAINE, William Henry (1827-90)
Autograph Letter (unsigned)
1863. According to Earl B. McElfresh, author of "Maps and Mapmakers of the Civil War," Paine was "One of the finest topographical engineers in the Union Army of the Potomac. A hardworking, unassuming staff officer. When Meade made his perilous night ride from Taneytown, Maryland, to the Gettysburg battlefield on July 1, 1863, it was Paine who led the way." Superb content AL (unsigned), 4pp, 5" X 8", Head Quarters Army of the Potomac, 1864 March 10. Addressed to "Friend Powell" (George May Powell, 1835-1905, Treasury Department statistician, entrepreneur, inventor, evangelist, philanthropist, social reformer, cartographer, etc.). Near fine. Delightful letter acknowledging receipt of photographs, commenting: "They arrived during my absence on a cavalry raid. .I came very near going with Col. Dahlgren. I had made every arrangement to go, but received an order to guide the 6th Corps to Madison Court House so that I was absent when he started. Gen Custer coming through Madison Court House on his raid I joined him and as it now proves was on the most successful branch of the movements. Col. Dahlgren was one of my most intimate friends here. He made out the plan relating to the time and distances in my tent. When he mentioned Sunday as the day for starting I mentioned my views upon that point. He said he agreed with me in relation to the duty of keeping the Sabbath but said that time must not be lost and Sunday was mentioned as the earliest time they could leave He said in the same connection that he never undertook any such enterprise without asking God's blessing." Ulric Dahlgre … [Click Below for Full Description]
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