July 1864 Autograph of General Rufus Ingalls, Chief Quartermaster of Union Armies Operating Against Richmond - Information on River Steamers in Federal Service

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July 1864 Autograph of General Rufus Ingalls, Chief Quartermaster of Union Armies Operating Against Richmond - Information on River Steamers in Federal Service

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Item No. 8879860

An interesting 1864 letter with an endorsement autograph of General Rufus Ingalls, chief quartermaster for the Union armies operation against Richmond (Army of the Potomac and Army of the James). The letter, written to Ingalls by Lieutenant Colonel Herman Biggs at Fort Monroe, named six river steamers that were then in the service of the United States reporting to Brigadier General Charles K. Graham, commanding the Naval Brigade at Bermuda Hundred. The letter is signed at the bottom by Biggs. It is docketed on the reverse, where the Ingalls signature appears with his note forwarding the information to Captain Perley Peabody Pitkin. The letter reads:

Department of Virginia and North Carolina
Chief Quartermaster’s Office,
Fort Monroe, Va., June 25th 1864

Brig Genl R. Ingalls U.S.A.
Chf Q.M. Armies operating against Richmond
City Point Va

General
I have the honor to report in compliance with your request of this date that there are owned and chartered by the United States the following vessels, “Gen Jessup” “Foster” “Burnside” “Reno” and “Park” (ownded) and “Chas Chamberlain” (chartered) which have been placed at the service of, and are now employed by the Naval Brigade. Brig Genl Chas K Graham Comd’g and which are under his immediate control.

I am General
Very respectfully
Your obt servt
Herman Biggs
Lt. Col. & QM

The document is in good condition with old tape repairs to to small areas of the fold where separation had occurred. It measures about 7 3/4” x 9 3/4” and has little wear to edges and corners. Minor toning. Creased where originally folded.

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