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    Franz Sigel Letter Signed. One page of a bifolium, 5" x 8", "Near Fort DeKalb" [Arlington, County, Virginia]; September 20, 1862. A letter from Sigel to Governor Edwin Morgan of New York seeking a commission in "the United States Service as a Cavalry officer" for an Austrian soldier.
    Condition: The letter has usual mail folds and a partial separation at integral fold. With toning, a bit darker along top and bottom edges, and pin holes at top margin.

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    Full transcript:

    To his Excellency

    Governor Morgan,

    I beg at present to your Excellency the bearer Captn. Bron v Zaklika, an officer of the Austrian government, who has obtained leave of absence for one year, and is desirous of entering the United States Service as a Cavalry officer, in which branch of service he is well skilled. He has been recommended to me by gentlemen of position in this country, and I have examined the papers he holds from his government, and feel justified in respectfully recommending him to your Excellency for a commission in a cavalry regiment.

    Respectfully Yours, F. Sigel

    Maj. Genl. Comg.

    Franz Sigel (1824-1902) was a German military officer and revolutionary who migrated to the United States and became a newspaperman, politician, and officer in the U. S. Army. Appreciated for his ability to recruit German immigrants into the Union Army, Sigel was made a Major General in the army. At the time he wrote this letter, Sigel was stationed at Camp DeKalb in Arlington, Virginia, and in command of the XI corps of the Union Army.

    Edwin Dennison Morgan (1811-1883) served as governor of New York (1859-1862).


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