War Between the States

1865 Autograph Letter Signed as Brigade Commander

(1838-1923) Born in Oswego, N.Y., he was educated at Yale University and the U.S. Military Academy. During the Civil War he served as 1st lieutenant in the 65th New York Infantry; 1st lieutenant in the 4th U.S. Light Artillery; aide-de-camp on the staff of General John Pope; Colonel of the 6th New York Cavalry; and Colonel of the 2nd New York Provisional Cavalry; promoted to brevet brigadier general, on March 13, 1865, for gallantry, energy, and ability for services in the field during the war. He was brevetted for gallantry in the battles of Shiloh, Smithfield, and Five Forks, Va.

1865 Autograph Letter Signed: 7 1/2 x 9 3/4, in ink.

Hd. Qrs., 2nd Brig., 1st Cav. Div.
June 22, 1865

To his Excellency Reuben E. Fenton
Governor of New York

Governor:

I have the honor to request that Lieut. E.A. New, 1st Lincoln Cav. be appointed a Captain in order that I may have him in the 2nd Provisional N.Y. Cav. which is the new regt. made up of the 6th & 15th Regts. Lieut. New is a most excellent officer and I desire particularly to have him in my regt.

Very respectfully,
Your obt. servt.,
Chas. L. Fitzhugh
Bvt. Brig. Genl.
Comdg. Brigade

Light age toning and wear.

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