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    Colonel Asa Blunt Archive comprised of one Civil War-dated telegram ledger and twelve additional letters, commissions, reports, discharges, and other documents spanning the years 1862 through 1883. Of note is the telegram ledger kept by Col. Asa Blunt spanning the months March through May 1863. Col. Asa Blunt (1826-1889) was acting commander of the 2nd Vermont Brigade when he received the majority of these telegrams (he handed over command to Brigadier General George J. Stanard on April 20). Comprised of over seventy telegrams beginning on March 9, the day Blunt assumed command of the brigade. These original telegrams are bound together in book form with a complete index listing each telegram and containing all pertinent information including where the telegram was sent from, from whom, the date it was sent, and what the report contains. The telegrams report everything from skirmishing to ammunition supplies and requisitions for clothing to the movements of enemy troops, including the location of JEB Stuart's cavalry shortly before Lee's invasion, "March 25 1863 . . . it is reported that Stuarts Rebel Cavalry about three thousand strong encamped on the Road between Warrenton and New Baltimore." Front cover of the book is detached and the telegrams show the usual age toning with several showing small holes from being placed on a spike stick.

    Also included is an Edwin Stanton Appointment Signed "EM Stanton" as secretary of war. One partially-printed page, 8" x 10", Washington, June 12, 1865, informing Blunt of his appointment of "Colonel of Volunteers by Brevet." [and:] Governor Frederick Holbrook Appointment Signed. One partially-printed vellum page, 17.75" x 11.5", Montpelier [Vermont], August 26, 1862, appointing Blunt "Colonel of the Twelfth Regiment of Infantry of the Volunteer Militia of this State." Docketed on the verso. [and:] Erastus Fairbanks Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, 7.75" x 9.75", St. Johnsbury [Vermont], November 15, 1862, with a fair copy of a letter which Fairbanks, the former governor of Vermont, sent to President Lincoln recommending Blunt for a promotion to brigadier general.

    With a report, signed by Blunt, to General Baird, dated 1873, responding to a series of questions regarding the expansion of Fort Buford [Dakota Territory] including sums for necessary expenses, how money was spent in his absence, etc. and other documents from Blunt's time during the war and on the frontier. All documents are in good or better condition.


    More Information: Wth a four page Dorothea Dix letter, dated September 10, 1866, to Gen. Blunt regarding the construction of a monument at Fortress Monroe. At the time of her writing, former Confederate President Jefferson Davis was being held prisoner at Fort Monroe. He was released on bail the following year.

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