COLONEL WILLIAM A. HOWARD - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 06/02/1864 - HFSID 174720
Sale Price $637.50
COLONEL WILLIAM A. HOWARD (CIVIL WAR)
War-dated letter from the Naval Colonel who is petitioning for command over the 15th New York Artillery.
Autograph Letter signed: "W.A. Howard", 2 pages (integral), 7¾x10. Fort Ringold near Portsmouth, Virginia, 2 June 1864. To "My Dear Fessenden", Senator, Washington D.C. In full: "Sir, Herewith I send you a copy of a letter forwarded to me today. With the endorsements. One year since when mending some what from diseases contracted in the service, while commanding Roanoke Island. I applied for and attained permission to raise a Regiment of Heart Artillery in New York although very unwell. I persisted against this advice of friends of physicians in causing a Regiment to attest on putting down this cursed Rebellion . I succeeded as the endorsements state. I came here thinking my 12 company was full knowing that men than the minimum number enrolled. I had enlisted there a few hundred required to constitute a regiment. How I lost these men I commissioned unnecessary to sate at this time. I applied to the mustering officer for a muster producing certificate from the Lieut. Capt. In command. Showing 100 men h& having acquired for the Regiment. I also shine by Col. Roberts of 3 Ten & artillery was mustered will nine companies not exceeding love new, that Col. Shirma formerly my own sir col. was sworn in as Colonel of the 15 N.Y. Heart Artillery on to 40 men also several others, without avail. I appealed to the Ad. Genl. With little success. I appealed to Brig. Genl Shipley under whose orders my Regiment is serving by his instruction imparted the facts to him in writing. He informs me he forwarded my communication requesting my request might be granted immediately. Today he informed me (before the receipt of the enclosed) he was waiting for authority to muster me in as he had important duties to confide to me. The document means more than meets the eye. I forward it (copy) to you. You know me, my services is what I would do had I an opportunity. Do me the favor to ascertain if I am to be disgraced or permitted to serve in the position I couldn't think I have earned. I shall remain here until I hear from you. I will mention that May Gen. Burnside applied for me to my Regiment and that Gen. Foster has Requested me makes are application to serve with him. Both of these Gen. I have served under as a colonel. I am any dear Fessenden. Your friend " 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. Corners worn. Toned. Ink note (unknown hand) on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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