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    COLONEL HIRAM BERDAN CIVIL WAR LETTER SIGNED, BERDAN'S SHARPSHOOTERS. 8" x 10". The rich inventor Hiram Berdan of New York was famous for his marksmanship even before the Civil War. He organized the best group of marksmen that the North could muster and became colonel of the first regiment which became known as "Berdan's Sharpshooters." Having trouble getting the right rifles for his regiment, Berdan demonstrated his marksmanship for President Abraham Lincoln who, being quite impressed with Berdan and his rifle, personally intervened and made sure his regiment was properly equipped.
    Berdan was a politically connected man and used all of his influence to ensure that his men received everything they needed - including promotions. In this letter dated February 26, 1863 Berdan writes to New York governor Horatio Seymour in an effort to receive promotions for several of his men. Berdan signs on the reverse and the letter is eloquent in its prose as Berdan justifies the requests for each one of the promotions.

    Condition: Handwritten in ink on two sides - ink is strong, fold marks, two tiny holes at folds.

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    December, 2007
    1st Saturday
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