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Montgomery C. Meigs recollections

 Collection — Box: 59
Identifier: MS-SC1030

Scope and Contents

Typed copy of Meigs reminiscence on the relations of President Lincoln and Secretary Stanton mainly with General McClellan. He discusses the replacement of Scott with McClellan, an unproductive meeting between McClellan, the President and a few others, McClellan's subsequent behavior and Lincoln and Stanton's responses to McClellan and other generals with a defense of those responses. A three page letter, Oct. 7, 1864, to General Sheridan's headquarters, regarding the death of his son and expressing gratitude for the care that was given the remains, the kind letter, and the return of his personal effects.

Original manuscsript owned by S. Emlen Meigs.


  • Created: Undated

Biographical / Historical

West Point graduate and the Union Army's quartermaster general, dispatching men and equipment to the scattered battlefields of the war. His understanding of the north's overwhelming superiority in manpower and resources led Lincoln to make Meigs one of his principal military advisers. As a military engineer Meigs had already built the stone aqueduct that provided Washington with pure water and supervised construction of the Capitol's cast-iron dome. His son, John Rodgers Meigs also a West Point graduate, was killed in 1864 in the Shenandoah Valley and buried at Arlington Cemetery, which his father was instrumental in creating. Meigs was buried next to his son at Arlington


1 folder (1 folder : .5 linear inches (.042 linear feet)) : 14 page

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