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    Winfield Scott Autograph Letters (3) Signed to Thomas H. Hicks, governor of Maryland. All are from Washington and dated between January 14 and February 1, 1861. Six pages total. In these letters, the seventy-four-year-old General Scott, who was only the second officer to hold a rank of lieutenant general (George Washington was the first), communicates to Governor Hicks that he is trying to persuade President Lincoln "for the presence of some ten or twelve companies here, next month, of selected Maryland Volunteers." In another letter, Scott writes how he will make Hicks' "patriotic letter . . . known . . . to the President." In the final letter, Scott fears that he does not have sufficient number of soldiers to protect Washington: "I cannot call for volunteers, nor will the president without special authority. Congress, I hope, will soon give the necessary." All are clean with folds. Clear text and signatures.

    Of the four border states, Maryland was perhaps the most important. The state was vital to the fate of Washington, D.C., since it bordered the capital city on three sides. At the beginning of 1861, secessionist-leaning Democrats controlled the state legislature, but Governor Hicks, a unionist, foiled any plans the Democrats might have of leaving the union by refusing to call the legislature into session.


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    April, 2015
    9th Thursday
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