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GENERAL JOHN CARVER PALFREY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 87259

John Carver Palfrey signed this letter to accept a seat on a committee dedicating a statue of American Civil War General Joseph Hooker in Boston. Palfrey was brevetted a brigadier general at the end of the Civil War.

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JOHN CARVER PALFREY
John Carver Palfrey signed this letter to accept a seat on a committee dedicating a statue of American Civil War General Joseph Hooker in Boston. Palfrey was brevetted a brigadier general at the end of the Civil War.
Autograph letter signed "John C. Palfrey". With orange pencil notation in upper right corner in unknown hand. 1 page, 4¼x7, 1 sheet folded, front and verso, docketed on back of letter. Addressed to Capt. Isaac P. Gragg, "Chairman &c. &c.", Boston, Massachusetts. In full: "Dear sir - I gratefully acknowledge the invitation of the Committee of the Executive Council in the Dedication of the Hooker Statue, and shall consider it an honor to serve as a member of the General Committee for the occasion - Yours respectfully,". This is most likely a statue of American Civil War General Joseph Hooker on horseback, which was dedicated at the State House in Boston, Massachusetts in 1903. Palfrey (1833-1906, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts) was an army engineer who graduated at the head of his class at West Point in 1857. During the American Civil War, he was assigned to constructing defenses on Ship Island in Mississippi, repair work during the Battles of Forts Jackson and St. Phillips (April 18 to April 24, 1862) and the Red River Expedition (March 10 to May 22, 1864). He was also aide-de-camp to Union General Benjamin F. Butler in 1861 and General John W. Phelps in 1862. Palfrey rose quickly through the ranks during the war and was a brevetted major by the time he was given charge of operations during the Siege of Fort Morgan (Aug. 9 to Aug. 23, 1864). He was brevetted a brigadier general in 1865 before resigning in 1866. Back in civilian clothes, Palfrey became a civil engineer and textile manufacturer. Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Folded once vertically and twice horizontally. Otherwise in fine condition.

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