COLONEL WILLIAM A. HOWARD - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/16/1858 - HFSID 174702
Sale Price $432.00
WILLIAM A. HOWARD
William A. Howard, a captain in the U. S. Revenue Marine (now the Coast Guard) wrote this letter to a friend in 1858 to ask his help in obtaining a position.
Autograph letter signed "W A Howard". 1 page, 7¾x9¾, 1 sheet folded, docketed on verso, 2 binder holes at left edge. Astor House, New York, April 16, 1858. In full: "My dear Pitt I want the Superintendence of that Turk, also when finished to carry her to Constanti-nople - I applied to T. H. Smith. Ottoman Consul befoer [sic] the arrival of the Admiral, and by his request game him a history of my Serivce, and said any references he required Should be furnished - I have not seem him Since, and of course am not dis-posed to add to the disgraceful crowd that is running them down, it occurred to that perhaps you might be disposed to drop in on him and state that I am the man for him. And I am - I have built 22or 3 ships of war, and can save them thousands of Dollars- Could I secure the Situation I think I would obtain other orders from Government- Will you see if you can do anything in the matter, When Wm Howard, has he returned. Please write me. Yours Evn". Howard (1807-1871, born in Maine) was an American naval officer. He entered the United States Navy in 1824, but resigned his commission to become a captain in the United States Revenue Marine (now the Coast Guard). While in the Revenue Marine, he assisted vessels off the coast of New England. He was said to look so resplendent in his uniform while commanding the revenue cutter USRC Jackson that naval officers pressured Navy Secretary Levi Woodbury to remove epaulettes from Revenue Marine uniforms. However, when war broke out, he raised a regiment of heavy artillery for the Army of the James and a regiment of marine artillery for General Ambrose Burnside. He also commanded the defenses around Portsmouth and Norfolk as a colonel. He resumed his captaincy in the Revenue Marine after the war. Lightly toned and creased. Binder holes and light tear near left edge touches body of letter, but not signature. Light tears at top edge. Mounting residue and light discoloration along one fold on verso (no show-through). Folded twice vertically and thrice horizontally and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.
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