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MAJOR GENERAL JOHN E. WOOL - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 09/30/1861 - HFSID 217936

JOHN E. WOOL Early in the Civil War, he recommends a regular army sergeant under his command for a commission in a New York volunteer regiment with this signed handwritten message Autograph Letter signed: ""John E. Wool/ Major General", 1 page, 7½x9½.

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JOHN E. WOOL
Early in the Civil War, he recommends a regular army sergeant under his command for a commission in a New York volunteer regiment with this signed handwritten message
Autograph Letter signed: ""John E. Wool/ Major General", 1 page, 7½x9½. Headquarters, Department of Virginia, Fort Monroe, 1861 September 30. To "His Excellency/Governor E. D. Morgan". In full: "If you have a vacancy for a 1st Lieutenant in either the 1st, 3rd, 7th, 9th, 10th or 20th New York Regiments, I would earnestly recommend Sergeant Septimus Carncross of the United States Military for the position. He is in all respects qualified for the position and will be equal to any of that grade appointment in the Volunteer service. He will be a most valuable officer in either Regiment. I know him well for he has been in my office for years. I have the honor to be, Very respectfully, your obedient servant" Marked in upper left corner (unknown hand): "AG/Special Attention." Docketed on verso. At the outbreak of the Civil War, John E. Wool (1784-1869), who had already been a Brigadier General for 20 years, headed the Department of the East. In the early days of the war, Wool and his forces secured Fort Monroe, Virginia, which became the supply depot for General George B. McClellan's Peninsula Campaign. In May 1862, he and his troops assumed command of the Norfolk shipyards, which had been abandoned by the Confederates. In 1863, Wool was the Army's fourth-ranking General. He was forced into retirement at the age of 79 by President Abraham Lincoln, despite the General's protests. He was the oldest general to participate in the Civil War. In the Mexican War, Wool was General Zachary Taylor's second in command at the Battle of Buena Vista. He was awarded a vote of thanks and a sword of honor by Congress for his services during the Mexican War. Two horizontal fold creases. Lightly creased and toned. Staple holes in upper left corner. Ink note on verso (light show-through). Otherwise, fine condition.

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