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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

McClellan's Crimean Report I

A topical Nineteenth Century report from a young George McClellan . . .

                                                    THE SECRETARY OF WAR


In compliance (in part) with a resolution of the Senate the report of Captain George B. McClellan one of the officers sent by order of the War Department to the seat of war in Europe in 1855 and 1856.

February 27, 1857.- Read.
March 14, 1857.- Ordered to be printed, and that five thousand additional copies be printed, one thousand of which shall be for the use of the War Department.

                                                                                   War Department,
                                                                       Washington, February 25, 1857.

Sir: The resolution of the Senate of the 13th instant requests the Secretary of War to communicate "copies of all reports which may have been made to the department by the officers were sent to the seat of war in Europe in 1855 and 1856."
In consequence of other important duties having been assigned to two of the officers referred to, (Major Delafield, of the Engineers, and Major Mordecai, of the Ordnance,) upon their return Europe, they have not yet been able to complete their reports. The report of the other officer (Captain George B. McClellan, of the Cavalry,) having been completed is, in compliance the resolution, herewith transmitted.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
                                                                                       JEFFERSON DAVIS,
                                                                                           Secretary of War.

Hon. J.M. Mason
     President of the Senate pro tem.

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