1862 Letter from Civil Engineer Arthur W. Hoyt to his Friend, Colonel Herman Haupt, Seeking Commission SALE PENDING

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1862 Letter from Civil Engineer Arthur W. Hoyt to his Friend, Colonel Herman Haupt, Seeking Commission SALE PENDING

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Item No. 2095355

A interesting 1862 letter from noted civil engineer Arthur W. Hoyt to his friend Colonel Herman Haupt, who was then serving on the staff of Union General Irvin McDowell. Hoyt wrote seeking a similar position where his experience might support the war effort, though I was unable to find any evidence that Hoyt served, perhaps because he was fifty-one at the time the letter was written. It reads:

Deerfield Mass
April 30th 62

Friend Haupt
What a jump from the Tunnel to the Corps of Engineers on Genl McDowell’s staff.

Can you not find a place for me somewhere under you? I will come at once only give me notice long enough so that I can get bound up what I have abridged from millary works. I now feel that I can be of some service to the country & think it is my duty to take hold and I know of no one with whom I would more willingly serve than yourself and I believe I can be useful to you. Try me.

All are well here and all will regret to learn that you have left us but hope only for a short time. Please let me hear from you soon. Mrs H sends kind regards.

Most truly your friend A W Hoyt

The letter was written on a stationery sheet measuring about 5” x 8”. Light wear to edges and corners. Creased where originally folded.

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