April 1864 Telegraph - Major Langdon C. Easton, Chief Quartermaster, Army of the Cumberland - "If you do not go soon you will be of little use to us"

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April 1864 Telegraph - Major Langdon C. Easton, Chief Quartermaster, Army of the Cumberland - "If you do not go soon you will be of little use to us"

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Item No. 9421303

An official telegraph dated April 21, 1864 from Major Langdon C. Easton, Chief Quartermaster for the Army of the Cumberland at Chattanooga, Tennessee. He sent this telegraph to an assistant quartermaster, Captain N. Haveland, encouraging him to settle his accounts within two or three days, or he would “be of little use to us.” Given the Atlanta Campaign began just a week later on April 27, Easton’s telegraph was likely sent in preparation for the impending movement of the army. Just two weeks after sending this telegraph, Easton would become General William T. Sherman’s chief quartermaster, serving in that capacity through the end of the war. The telegraph reads:

U.S. Military Telegraph
April 21st 1864
By Telegraph from Chattanooga 21st 1864
To Capt N Haveland
AQM

If you do not go soon you will be of little use to us. You should not delay more than 2 or 3 days in closing your accounts.

LC Easton
Chief QM

The telegraph was written on a pre-printed sheet with decorative “U.S. Military Telegraph” header. It measures about 5 1/4” x 8 1/2” and is in excellent condition as shown. Minimal toning. Creased where originally folded.

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