Unusual 1862 Printed Countersign - Army of the Potomac - "By Command of Major General McClellan"

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Unusual 1862 Printed Countersign - Army of the Potomac - "By Command of Major General McClellan"

209.99

Item #SQ0562457

Offered here is a very unusual document from the Civil War. Printed under a decorative "Head-Quarters, Army of the Potomac" heading and marked "CONFIDENTIAL," it gives the "countersign of the day" for September 23rd, 1862, as "ALGIERS." This countersign was in use just days after the Battle of Antietam.

The document indicates that the order was given "by command of Major General McClellan" and is signed in ink by one of McClellan's staff, his acting adjutant Captain Richard B. Irwin.

The document measures approximately 4 3/4" x 8". The paper is in excellent sturdy condition, not stiff, and not particularly delicate. There are three creases at the locations of original folds. Light wear to corners and edges.

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