BRIGADIER GENERAL JOSEPH GILBERT TOTTEN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/19/1849 - HFSID 322823
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JOSEPH GILBERT TOTTEN
As Brigadier General and Chief Engineer of the US Army he sends a letter to Connecticut Senator Roger Sherman Baldwin, informing him the age requirements for cadet soldiers.
Autograph Letter signed: "Jos. G. Totten/Bt. Brig. Genl. & Chf. Eng.", 1p, 8x10. March 19, 1849. To "Hon R. S. Baldwin" Connecticut Senator, Washington D.C. In full: " Your letter of the 17th Inst. to the Secretary of War enclosing a letter to you from Saml Russell Esqr., on the subject of a Cadet appointment for young DeKoven, aged 15, had been referred to this Department, and, in reply, I have the honor to inform you that he is too young, as you will observe from the enclosed copy of the regulations for the admission." Joseph Gilbert Totten (1788-1864) was Chief Engineer in the US Army, regent of the Smithsonian Institution and co-founder of the National Academy of Sciences. Originally from New Haven, Connecticut, Totten served in the War of 1812 as Chief Engineer of the Niagara frontier and Lake Champlaine armies under General Stephen Van Rensselaer. From 1825 to 1838 he oversaw the construction of Fort Adams in Newport, Rhode Island where he recruited assistant engineers from West Point (who all went on to earn distinction during the Civil War). In 1838 Totten was appointed Chief Engineer of the United States Army, serving in that position for 25 years until his death. A true craftsman of construction, Totten also designed the lighthouse Minot's Ledge Light which still stands near Cohasset, Massachusetts today. Roger Sherman Baldwin (1793-1863) was an American politician and lawyer who defended the rights of Africans in the Amistad case. His success in the trial encouraged statewide support of his principals, and he was elected Governor of Connecticut in 1844, and in 1847 he was made Senator. Though he was constantly called into political offices, Baldwin primarily focused on law. Fine condition.
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