Springfield, IL- State Representative Mike Murphy (R-Springfield) announced today the launch of a fundraising campaign to purchase a letter written by General George B. McClellan to President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War requesting the promotions of several military leaders and includes President Lincoln’s handwritten response on the back of the letter. The document is currently held by a private collector in California.
Representative Murphy is partnering with local Springfield artist Julie Dailey to raise the funds for this document by offering individuals a poster of historic Lincoln sites that were drawn by Ms. Dailey for anyone who donates $30 or more towards this campaign. Once purchased, the letter will be donated to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to become part of their collection of Lincoln artifacts.
“I am really excited to partner with an incredible local artist to support the efforts of the ALPLM at telling the story of President Lincoln to the world,” said Representative Mike Murphy. “This letter from General McClellan would make a wonderful addition to the ALPLM collection and I encourage the people of Springfield to support this campaign by donating $30 or more to bring this letter to Springfield.”
“Abraham Lincoln is such an important part of Springfield’s history and I am looking forward to working with Representative Murphy to bring this historic letter to Springfield and the ALPLM,” said local artist Julie Dailey.
“The ALPLM is always grateful for efforts to involve the public in our mission of preserving and sharing the Abraham Lincoln story,” said Alan Lowe, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. “Lincoln’s relationship with General McClellan is a particularly interesting part of that story, so this letter would be a wonderful addition to our collection.”
Individuals wanting to support this campaign can do so by visiting several Springfield area businesses including Springfield Vintage, Studio on 6, the Danenberger Winery, Homescapes in the Gables, & Keefner’s Restaurant, or by contacting Julie Dailey.
Those wishing to support this campaign can make checks payable to Caddyshack Open, which is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization operated by the Bank of Springfield.