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    Chester A. Arthur: A Most Interesting Letter, Twice-signed by the Future President, as Acting Assistant Quartermaster General for New York, Referencing Colonel Elmer Ellsworth. The two side, single sheet LS was written on May 31, 1861 to Major John Tinsley in Albany. Arthur writes in part:

    "...I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your telegram requesting me to send to you a copy of the order on which shoes were purchased, for Col [Elmer] Ellsworth's Regiment... were under orders to proceed to Washington. Nothing had been furnished for them, by the State... A requisition had been made by the Col for shoes which the men needed badly, but this had not been filled... as I had received no shoes from Albany... About noon on the 29th of April I was informed that the Regiment was under orders to leave for Washington that afternoon. I was urged by the Col that it was absolutely necessary that shoes should be had... many of them being almost barefooted... I therefore went personally... and purchased the shoes... sent to the quarters of the Regiment... to put on, before they marched through the streets... There were about Eleven hundred men in Col Ellsworth's Regiment..."

    Apparently the news had not yet reached Arthur that the gallant Ellsworth, friend of Lincoln and the first Federal officer killed in the War, had already been dead for a week. A great Civil War letter, in beautiful condition save for one ink smudge on verso. 7.5" x 9.75".


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    September, 2016
    17th Saturday
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