EDWARD R.S. CANBY. Manuscript LS: "E.R.S. Canby", 1¼p, 7¾x9¾. War Department, Washington City, 1864
February 1. To U.S. Senator Henry Wilson, of Massachusetts
acknowledging "the receipt by reference from you of a
communication of Mr. A.W. Warren relative to John W. Darby, Company 'K' 22d
Massachusetts Volunteers whom you recommend for discharge...." He
quotes a report from the regiment's surgeon reporting that Darby was "in very
good health, even though he is asthmatic at times", but is much better and
desires to remain in the service so "the discharge of Darby cannot be
granted." An 1839 West Point graduate, CANBY fought in the Seminole
War and the Mexican War. In 1862, he commanded the Union's Department of New
Mexico and defeated a Confederate attempt to take California. Canby then went to
Washington as the Assistant Adjutant General, and then commanded troops in New
York City after the draft riots. On March 4, 1873, HENRY WILSON was sworn
in as Grant's Vice President. A month later, on April 11, 1873, Modoc Indians in
northern California murdered Canby, who had been sent to negotiate peace with
the tribe. Light stains at upper blank margin and at blank areas on verso.
Lightly shaded at lower margin. Overall, fine condition.
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