The George Gordon Meade Collection, 1793-1896
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George Gordon Meade was the Union commanding general at Gettysburg during what is considered the Civil War’s decisive battle from July 1-3, 1863. A West Point graduate, he fought in the Mexican War and served as a major general and commander of the Army of the Potomac in the Civil War. He also served during Reconstruction as commander of the 3rd Military District in the South.
Meade’s personal and official correspondence, reports of operations, statements of losses, plans of campaigns, field reports from Gettysburg, official Army of the Potomac correspondence, and manuscript versions of The Life and Letters of General George Gordon Meade are part of this collection.
Of interest are Meade’s letters to his wife, which provide personal insight into the politics of the Mexican War and the Civil War. Prominent correspondents include General-in-Chief Henry Halleck, Union General John Pope, and Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. Other items include reports to Brigadier General Lorenzo Thomas; field reports on the battle of Gettysburg; lists of casualties; minutes of Council held at Gettysburg, July 2, 1863; official dispatches; official letters; Meade’s military commissions; war maps of the Army of the Potomac and Southern States; surveys, maps of Mexico; and letters of condolence on Meade’s sickness and death.
This collection is arranged by type of document: letters (outgoing/incoming), correspondence, reports, and other materials. It is further arranged chronologically.
Number of reels: 14