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    Civil War Telegraph to Nathaniel Lyon. One page, 7.75" x 4.75", Washington, D.C.; June 11, 1861. The telegraph is signed by Franklin A. Dick, who was Lyon's assistant adjutant general, and it is addressed to both General Lyon and Col. Frank P. Blair. All three men were involved in the attempts to keep Missouri in the Union and the tragic events at Camp Jackson a month earlier. The telegraph reads, in full:

    "The Secretary of War has issued the order for five thousand arms & accoutrements. Also an authority to enlist all loyal citizens in the state as home guard, without pay unless called into active service by the Department. Also instructions to Commissary and Quartermaster to discriminate in favor of loyal citizens in purchases. Chauncey Johnson appointed pay master in army. Andrew Alexander Lieutenant in Dragoons." The telegraph has been mounted on a thick card, adhered only at the top left corner, and is marked at the lower corned "64/Collect".

    Condition: Flattened folds, with some light toning in places. Some slight staining from adhesive residue along the top margin. Edges are slightly uneven. Overall, very fine.

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    October, 2018
    25th Thursday
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