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    [Civil War]. Samuel K. Zook Autograph Letter Signed "S. K. Zook." One page with integral blank, 8" x 10", New York, January 16, 1862. Zook, at the time a colonel commanding the 57th New York Infantry, writes to Samuel Oakley Vanderpoel, surgeon general of New York, regarding the acquisition of a new surgeon for his regiment following the resignation of a Dr. Leach, whom Zook seems none too fond of, in part: "If Dr. L. should be reappointed, very well. If you have to send me any one else let it be some good man, who will not imagine himself a field Marshal because he has become a surgeon, I mean, please spare me unnecessary airs." Usual folds with light toning to the left edge.

    Samuel Zook (1821-1863) would see his first combat action six months later at the Seven Days Battles. In December, he had his horse shot out from under him at Fredericksburg. It was his action at Fredericksburg that got him promoted to brigadier general. On July 2, 1862, Zook was mortally wounded during the Gettysburg battle and died the next day.

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