1848 Mexican War Letter - Sergeant Promoted to Lieutenant - Signed by Future Union General & Fenian Raid Leader Thomas W. Sweeny

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1848 Mexican War Letter - Sergeant Promoted to Lieutenant - Signed by Future Union General & Fenian Raid Leader Thomas W. Sweeny

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Item No. 9899528

An interesting 1848 letter written at the conclusion of the Mexican War in which several junior officers of the 1st New York Volunteer Regiment, which had performed gallant service at Vera Cruz and Chipultepec, urged New York Governor John Young to promote Sergeant Michael A. Curran to lieutenant. Among the officer signatures is Thomas W. Sweeny, whose shaky signature on this document may be the result of the amputation of his arm only six months earlier (he had been wounded at Churubusco). Sweeny later served as a brigade commander during the Civil War and participated in the battles of Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Atlanta, and others. After the war he was the commander of the ill-fated Fenian Raids of Canada. The letter reads in full:

To his Excellency, the Governor of the State of New York,

We the undersigned officers of the 1st Regt of U.S. Volunteers of New York, understanding that it is the intention of Col. Ward B. Burnett to recommend the appointment of Sergt Michael A. Curan to a Lieutenantcy in Company C, cordially unite in our approval of that recommendation, and in urging the claims of Sergt Curran upon the consideration of your Excellency. During the campaign from Vera Cruz to the City of Mexico his conduct was all that could be wished. His appointment, we are confident, will be advantageous to the service, reflecting credit upon himself & honor upon the Regiment.

New York February 26th 1848

Capt Charles H. Jones
J. Ward Henry, Lieut. N.Y.V.
Lieut. James L. Potter, N.Y.V.
Lieut. Thos. W. Sweeny
Lieut. Chas. L. Cooper

I cordially unite with the above officers in recommending Sergt Curran to your favorable consideration in the event of a vacancy in Compy C, N.Y. Vols. Garret Dyckman, Major N.Y. Vols.

The letter was written on a stationery sheet measuring about 7 3/4” x 9 3/4”. It is in excellent condition with minor but even toning throughout. Creased where originally folded.

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