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    Frederick W. Benteen: His Autograph Letter Signed Requesting Appointment in the Regular Army, September 10, 1866. Like so many other officers, Benteen was mustered out in January, 1866, during demobilization. This long letter written and signed twice( !) in Benteen's unique and precise script is addressed to the President, Andrew Johnson. Benteen has transcribed the recommendations and endorsements of six prominent men, including three major generals (Pleasonton, Curtis, and Rosecrans); one brigadier, Chilton B. Fisk; the mayor of St. Louis, James S. Thomas; and Willard Hall, governor of Missouri. He was asking not only for appointment in the Regular Army but also, "if possible, in the cavalry arm of the Service." His hemorrhoids must not have yet become a problem.

    His appointment as Captain in the 7th Cavalry was soon granted, dating back to July 28, 1866.
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.


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    June, 2018
    9th Saturday
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