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George McClellan Transcript RE 7th Regiment
Headquarters Army of the Potomac
In view of the reduced and shattered condition of the Seventh Regiment of Maine Volunteers, the results of arduous service and exposure during the campaigns on the Peninsula and in Maryland I made on the 2nd instant a special application to the War Department that the regiment should be sent to report to you in Maine that it might be recruited and re-organized under your personal supervision. I yesterday received the necessary authority; and as you will observe, by the copy of Special Orders No 271, from there the Head Quarters enclosed herein. I send the regiment to you for the purpose indicated. I beg that when this purpose shall have been accomplished that the regiment may be ordered to report to me with all practicable dispatch.
In returning this gallant remnant of a noble body of men whose bravery has been exhibited on every field almost in the campaigns cites, to the State whose pride it is to have sent them forth, I feel happy that it has been in my power to signify even in this insufficient manner my appreciation of their services and of their value to this Army. And I will venture on the latter account to ask your Excellency’s best endeavors to fill at once their diminished ranks that I may soon again see their standard in the Army of the Potomac.
I am with much respect
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