1864 Autograph Letter Signed by Union General Lewis C. Hunt, Seeking Commission for Staff Officer

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1864 Autograph Letter Signed by Union General Lewis C. Hunt, Seeking Commission for Staff Officer

170.00

Item No. 3033272

An interesting November 1864 autograph letter signed by Union General Lewis C. Hunt in New York City to the Adjutant General for the State of New York, John T. Sprague. Hunt wrote regarding a commission for a member of his staff, Lieutenant Courtland G. Babcock, whose regiment, the 92nd New York, had recently been mustered out. Hunt hoped that Babcock could remain on his staff if the Lieutenant could be transferred to the 20th New York Battery, which according to records was done on November 15. The letter reads:

Head Quarters, U.S. Troops,
New York City and Harbor,
New York, November 3rd 1864

General:
Lieut. C. G. Babcock, my aide whom I beg to recommend to you kind officer in his behalf, goes to Albany in order to procure if possible a commission in some New York regiment, his own regiment, the 92nd, having been mustered out of service. Lieut. Babcock was selected by me nearly two years since from the officers of my brigade, and has been upon my staff ever since. I can recommend him in the highest terms, as a gentleman and a soldier, and am very anxious to keep him upon my staff. To this end I would be glad to have him appointed in the 20 N.Y. Independent Battery, now stationed on Governor’s Island. You will confer a great favor indeed upon me, and do a good thing for the public service, by giving your friendly influence in this matter. If he receives an appointment in a company of my present command I can assign him to my staff at once. Otherwise there would be delays.

Please give my kind regards to Mrs. Sprague and Mrs. Worth, and tell them that Mrs. Hunt & the children are well and that we are still at the “Hydropathic Institute,” very well contented, likely indeed to remain several months. Mr. & Mrs. Worth removed yesterday to their new home.

I am, General,
Yours very truly
L. C. Hunt

Adjt. Gen’l. Sprague
Albany N.Y.

Briefly docketed on the reverse.

The letter was written on a stationery sheet measuring about 7 3/4” x 9 3/4”. It is in very good condition with very light toning. Light wear to edges and corners. Light remnants of previous album mounting on the reverse. Creased where originally folded.

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