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COLONEL WILLIAM A. HOWARD - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/05/1861 - HFSID 174715

COLONEL WILLIAM A. HOWARD (CIVIL WAR) A week before the break of the Civil War, Howard again seeks the Senator's help for appointment in an officiating Union Army Naval office Autograph Letter signed: "W.A. Howard", 1 page, 6½x8.

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COLONEL WILLIAM A. HOWARD (CIVIL WAR)
A week before the break of the Civil War, Howard again seeks the Senator's help for appointment in an officiating Union Army Naval office
Autograph Letter signed: "W.A. Howard", 1 page, 6½x8. Astor House, New York, 5 April 1861, 1 week before the Declaration of the Civil War. To "My Dear Fessenden" [U.S. Senator] William Pitt Fessenden, Portland, Maine. In full: "Government appears to be making a move, would not my proposition to strengthen its hands be well received now. I want first class Steamers (3) have been taken up today for 'transports'. You know how anxious I am to be of Service to the Administration as well as the Country. I would like to have the Govt. understand my wishes & place confidence in me. I am prepared for any service that may be acquired of me. Will you place me as far as possible in such position. I will go to Washington when I received such letters as you may see proper to send me. Give my best love to Smith and with him I shall have a cruise with soon (if I get any thing to cruise in). Hoping you may soon recover from your late address duties & annoyance. I am as always, Sincerely Yours. " William A. HOWARD (1807-1871) was a veteran Coast Guard officer who commanded a detachment of marine artillery during battles on the Carolina coast during the Civil War. At the beginning of the war, he was commissioned as a Colonel of the 1st New York Heavy Artillery in the defenses around Portsmouth & Norfolk. Earlier in his career, when he commanded the revenue cutter Jackson, he was said to look so resplendent in his Coast Guard uniform that naval officers pressured Navy Secretary Levi Woodbury to remove epaulettes from Coast Guard uniforms. In the years before the Civil War, he was in private business as a shipbuilder. William Pitt FESSENDEN (1806-1869) had resigned a seat in the U.S. Senate to assume, at the personal behest of President Lincoln, the Cabinet post of Treasury Secretary after the resignation of Secretary Chase. Fessenden, who as Chairman the important Senate Finance Committee (1861-1864) had played an important role in raising revenues for the Union cause, but he served at Treasury for only eight months (July 5, 1864 - March 3, 1865). Thereafter he returned to the Senate, becoming chairman of the Joint Committee on Reconstruction. Lightly creased. File holes at left edge. Toned. Lightly smudged near signature, but legible. Ink note (unknown hand) on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.

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