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MAJOR GENERAL CHARLES W. SANFORD - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 06/14/1853 - HFSID 320344

MAJOR GENERAL CHARLES W. SANDFORD As a commander in the New York State Militia, he writes to Adjutant General R. E. Temple, requesting delay and modification of an order concerning uniforms. Autograph Letter signed: "Chas. W. Sandford", 1 page, 7¾x9¾. New York City, 1853 June 14.

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MAJOR GENERAL CHARLES W. SANDFORD
As a commander in the New York State Militia, he writes to Adjutant General R. E. Temple, requesting delay and modification of an order concerning uniforms.
Autograph Letter signed: "Chas. W. Sandford", 1 page, 7¾x9¾. New York City, 1853 June 14. To Adjutant General R. E. Temple, Albany, docketed on verso. In full: "Upon my return to the City yesterday I received your order no. relating to the uniform of the 12th Regt. I have made some inquiries into the subject, and have suspended the issuing of the orders until I see you, which will be on Thursday or Friday. In the meantime, will you oblige me by not issuing any copies of the Order as I wish to suggest a slight modification, which I deem important. I am very truly your obedient servant." Charles W. Sandford (1796-1876) was a senior officer of the New York State Militia for over 30 years, commanding the 1st Division in New York City. Sandford loved pomp and ceremony, organizing parades for visiting Presidents and foreign dignitaries and for state funerals. He was also skilled at suppressing riots, beginning with the Flour Riot of 1837, and of suppressing violence by the City's street gangs. Sandford served briefly at the front in the early months of the Civil War, occupying Alexandria, Virginia and participating in the Battle of Harper's Ferry. His main contribution to the Union war effort, however, was suppressing the New York Draft Riot of 1863. Sandford was also a skilled businessman, but unluckily prone to fires and other misfortunes, making and losing more than one fortune in his lifetime but ending in prosperous circumstances. Normal mailing folds. Lightly creased and toned. Small tear in top edge. Light adhesive residue a top margin on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.

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