RANDOLPH BARNES MARCY (1812 – 1887) graduated from West Point in 1832 and served in the Black Hawk War. As a professional soldier, he served in the Mexican War, was engaged in the exploration of the Red River country, in the Florida hostilities vs. the Seminole Indians and in the Utah expedition in 1857. During the Civil War, he served as chief of staff to his son-in-law, Gen. George B. McClellan in the western Virginia, Peninsular and Maryland campaigns. He was promoted to brigadier general in 1861 as an inspector in various Army departments. In 1865, he became Inspector-General of the military division of the Missouri. In 1869, he became Inspector-General of the U.S. Army until retirement in 1881. He was brevetted as brigadier general and major general in 1865.
One page, 5 3/4 x 7 3/4, ALS, June 2, 1879, as Inspector General U.S.A. responding to an autograph request. “I have just laid my hand on your note of the 22d March last and not remembering whether I have replied to it before I herewith send you my autograph.”
Inlaid to card stock. Light toning and a couple of spots from ink brushing.
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