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MAJOR GENERAL SETH WILLIAMS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/30/1864 - HFSID 273020

War-date ALS: "S. Williams", 3p, 5x8, conjoined leaves. Head-Quarters, Army of the Potomac [Petersburg, Viriginia], 1864 January 30. On imprinted letterhead to Colonel Francis J. Parker, Boston, Massachusetts. Begins: "My dear Colonel".

Price: $700.00

Condition: Lightly creased, Slightly soiled, otherwise fine condition
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THE ADJUTANT GENERAL OF THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC WRITES TO THE FORMER COMMANDER OF THE 32ND MASSACHUSETTS VOLUNTEER REGIMENT ABOUT AN OFFICER WHO IS "ABSENT WITHOUT AUTHORITY" DUE TO HIS CAPTURE BY GUERILLAS
 
SETH WILLIAMS. War-date ALS: "S. Williams", 3p, 5x8, conjoined leaves. Head-Quarters, Army of the Potomac [Petersburg, Viriginia], 1864 January 30. On imprinted letterhead to Colonel Francis J. Parker, Boston, Massachusetts. Begins: "My dear Colonel". In full: "I duly received your note of the 2d lst. instant and regret that it has not been practicable for me to reply to it before the present moment. It appears that Major Edmands of the 32d Massachusetts regiment is accounted for by his regiment commander as absent without authority, having been captured by guerrillas. I am not informed as to the circumstances of his capture and am not therefore able to say how this case is likely to be treated, but I presume no further steps will be taken until his release, when he can explain in what manner he became a prisoner - I remain very sincerely yours". Docketed (unknown hand) on verso of integral leaf. Major JOSEPH C. EDMANDS, who was wounded at Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863), had been captured on December 17, 1863. Released on March 11, 1864, just a few weeks after this letter, Edmands was wounded twice more before finishing the war as a Brevet Brigadier General. Colonel FRANCIS J. PARKER had been the former commander of the 32nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, whose battalion of six companies first served at Fort Warren in Boston Harbor in 1861. After being called to duty in Washington, D.C. in May 1862, the 32nd Massachusetts served in the city's military district until July of that year. They were then attached to the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac until September 1862 before serving with the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Army Corps until October 1864. The 32nd Massachusetts, which saw action in a number of battles, including Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Petersburg and Appomattox, suffered casualties of five officers and 139 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded; another two officers and 143 enlisted men died from disease. SETH WILLIAMS (1822-1866) was Adjutant General of the Army of the Potomac while it was commanded by Generals McClellan, Burnside, Hooker and Meade. He won the brevet of Colonel Conduct at Gettysburg. On August 1, 1864, Williams was brevetted Major General of Volunteers for brave conduct in the field in the campaigns from Gettysburg to Petersburg. He was made Major General in the U.S. Army on March 13, 1865 for gallant and meritorious service throughout the war. His health impaired by his continued and arduous duties during the war, General Williams died in Boston on March 23, 1866, a day after his 44th birthday. From the personal archive of Francis J. Parker. Lightly creased with folds, light vertical fold at the first "i" of Williams. Flourish under signature is slightly smudged. Slightly soiled, minor show through of ink. Tape remnants at blank right margin on verso of integral leaf (minor show through at left margin of signature page. Pencil notes (unknown hand) at lower portion of verso of integral leaf, which is lightly soiled and bears two ink stains. Overall, fine condition.

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