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    J.E.B. Stuart Autograph Letter Signed - Requests A Promotion To Cavalry Captain. "J.E.B Stuart 1st Lt. 1st. Cav.". 1¼ pages, lined 7.5" x 9.75" paper, Fort Riley K [Kansas] T[territory], January 10, 1858, to Virginia Senator Cool. B. Rush Floyd. Stuart writes, in full: "My Dear Col- I have just returned from a 20 days absence- escorting the Santa Fe mail to the crossing of the Arkansas River 250 miles distant over a bleak and almost treeless prairie. I find from the Presidents message and the Hon. Sec. of War's [Floyd's brother, John B. Floyd] report that Congress will be very likely to increase the Army this winter. I have never had the pleasure of your brother's acquaintance although I have frequently seen him, I do not therefore feel at liberty to address a letter to him on so delicate a subject as my own promotion, but having known you well from my earliest youth I venture to ask the favor of you to obtain from me at the hands of your brother from the President a Captaincy in one of the new Regiments Mounted in preference to Infantry. I am now a 1st Lieutenant (since Dec. 55) and a Captaincy would be the next step. It would not be in good taste for one to dilate upon my own qualifications, prowess, etc. but I feel assured that there is enough on Record in the War Dept to show that I have not been idle since my career began."

    "Any effort you may, from your acquaintance with me, feel authorized to make in my behalf will I assure you be most gratefully appreciated by my friends in Va, and more especially by your most Sincerely & Respectfully..." Apparently this letter had not the desired effect as Stuart was not promoted to Captain until April 22, 1861, just a few days before he resigned from the U.S. Army in order to join the Confederate Army where he was commissioned a lieutenant colonel of cavalry on May 24, 1861. The rest, as they say, is history.

    This letter has some light toning along the borders with a tiny line of mounting tape along the top border and two faint mounting traces on the verso at the bottom. Otherwise in fine condition with bold, clear, and legible handwriting.

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