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    Union General Edmund Kirby Autograph Letter Signed "E. Kirby." Four pages of a bifolium, 5" x 8", West Point [New York], September 10, 1860. Addressed to his brother, Kirby, in his final year at the U.S. Military Academy, writes that he had a good time on their outing the month prior, asks after his brother's boat and his family, and makes mention that the Academy was getting a new commandant. Aside from the usual folds, the letter shows very light spots of staining near the lower portion of the vertical fold. With the original transmittal envelope.

    Edmund Kirby entered the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1856, graduating tenth in the class of 1861. The Civil War split the allegiance of his family, including more than a dozen cousins, among them a second cousin, Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith. Commissioned a second lieutenant in Battery I, 1st United States Regular Artillery, on May 6, 1861, he was promoted to first lieutenant eight days later. He fought in nearly all the major campaigns in the East. At Chancellorsville he was detached from his own battery and given charge of the 5th Maine Battery which had lost all of its officers in the fighting through May 3, 1863. Arriving at the scene to remove the exposed guns, a piece of Confederate case shot fractured his thigh. He was eventually sent to a hospital in Washington D.C. He lost his leg and was soon informed that he would not recover. When President Lincoln visited him in the hospital, he told the president that his only concern over his impending death was the loss of support for his widowed mother and his sisters. Lincoln commissioned him a brigadier general of volunteers, ironically on the day he died. The President's kind gesture ensured that his family would receive a generous pension.


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    June, 2015
    12th-13th Friday-Saturday
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