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Collection Reference Number GLC04385.04
From Archive Folder Unassociated Civil War Documents 1865 
Title Ambrose Everett Burnside to George William Curtis thanks Curtis for a congratulatory letter he recently sent and also alludes to the Battle of the Crater debacle
Date 2 March 1865
Author Burnside, Ambrose Everett (1824-1881)  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Thanks Curtis for a congratulatory letter he recently sent. Notes that his reply was delayed due to the publication of a court proceeding (possibly related to the Battle of the Crater debacle). Defends his actions, and criticizes General George Meade, who had accused Burnside of misconduct following the Crater. Writes, "It will all come right in the end- The temporary, or even permanent disgrace of a General officer is of small importance compared with the great harm that might result from a quarrel among General officers. I sincerely thank you for your kind friendship, which I value all the more because I know it comes from a true loyal heart." Notes that Mrs. Burnside sends her regards.
Subjects Civil War  Military History  Union General  Union Forces  Battle  Military Law  Friendship  
People Burnside, Ambrose Everett (1824-1881)  Curtis, George William (1824-1892)  Dodge, Grenville Mellen (1831-1916)  Osterhaus, Peter Joseph (1823-1917)  Meade, George Gordon (1815-1872)  
Place written Providence, Rhode Island
Theme The American Civil War; Law
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Additional Information Curtis was a noted author, orator, and political figure from New York. He served on the editorial staff of the New York Tribune, wrote for Harper's Monthly, and was active in Republican party politics.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
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