Autograph Note Signed.

d'ORLEANS, Robert (Prince Robert Philippe Louis Eugène Ferdinand of Orléans, Duke of Chartres) (1840-1910).

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Together with his brother, Prince Philippe, Count of Paris, this member of a French royal house considered illegitimate by many joined the Union forces during the American Civil War, in which he was commissioned a captain in the U.S. Army and served as assistant adjutant general on the staff of Major General George B. McClellan; he served in the June 27, 1862 Battle of Gaines's Mill and resigned from the Army shortly after; under a pseudonym he fought valiantly in the Franco-Prussian War in 1870, but was later exiled from France, returning only shortly before his death. ANS, 1p, 4 3/4" X 6", n.p., 1862. Very good. Single faint vertical fold. On letterhead of "Head-Quarters, Army of the Potomac," d'Orleans writes: "Lt. Col Colburn notifies to the Aides de Camp that General McClellan is going to ride to Alexandria directly. By order," then signing boldly and listing four recipients of this message. Likely penned shortly before March 17th -- the date on which McClellan and his large Army set sail from Alexandria, Virginia, to begin their long-awaited Peninsular Campaign inching slowly towards the Confederate capital of Richmond in order to capture it -- ultimately a failed and humiliating Union defeat. A handsome, scarce war date piece penned during d'Orleans brief ten-month foray as a Union officer. Bookseller Inventory # 40470

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