War Between the States

Colonel of the famous Duryee's Zouaves

Wounded 5 times during the Civil War

Autograph Letter Signed


(1815-90) He recruited a regiment of volunteers known as Duryee's Zouaves, which were mustered into the Union army as the 5th New York Infantry. He led his regiment in the first land battle of the war, at Big Bethel, Va., June 10, 1861, losing 5 killed and 16 wounded. President Abraham Lincoln appointed him a brigadier general of volunteers to rank from Aug. 31, 1861. He saw action as a brigade commander at Cedar Mountain, Thoroughfare Gap, and the 2nd Bull Run campaign, where he was wounded twice. He then commanded a division at South Mountain and Antietam and was wounded on three occasions. He received the rank of brevet major general of volunteers, March 13, 1865, for distinguished Civil War service. After the war, he served as police commissioner and dockmaster of New York.

Autograph Letter Signed: 1 1/2 pages, 5 x 8, in ink. Tipped to album page.

New York, Dec. 7/69

Mrs. Lottie Dickenson

Dear Madam,

Will you have the goodness to inform me if your son Stephen has a middle letter to his name?

I have obtained three pieces of music from Mr. Millet, all that he possessed.

They are "Lucia di Lammermoor," "Ernani" by Verdi and "Don Juan" by Mozart, each piece contains from 17 to 20 pages of music.

It afforded me much gratification in selecting this exquisite music because I am assured your son possesses high toned musical taste.

May the sweet melody that he will capture from the dotted lines be [?] of the love, harmony and devotion that he will ever bear to a widowed mother's hope.

I regret that I could not obtain "Nabucco" because it is so beautiful.

Yours with high respect,

A. Duryee

Very fine.

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