War Between the States

Autograph Letter Signed

(1818-91) Commissioned 2nd lieutenant in the 4th Artillery, he was awarded the brevets of 1st lieutenant and captain for gallantry at Contreras, Churubusco and Chapultepec in the Mexican War. At the outbreak of the Civil War he was a captain in the regular army and was highly commended by General McClellan during the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign for his conduct at Malvern Hill winning the brevets of major and lieutenant colonel. He commanded the guns of General A.E. Burnside's army on the left at Fredericksburg, and he was commissioned brigadier general to rank from May 23, 1863. He later commanded the defenses of Washington south of the Potomac.

Autograph Letter Signed: 2 plus pages, 5 x 7 3/4, in ink.

Ft. Niagra, N.Y.
July 20, 1875

Major Genl. H.L. Abbot
Corps Engineers, U.S.A.
Willett's Point, N. York

D[ea]r. General,

I know you to have continued your communication with members of the Connecticut regiments which served so efficiently under your command in [?] places- If among them you number Surgeon Skinner, who served on my staff at Arlington, please give me his address, or procure it for me if not certain of it yourself. The [?] of Captain Thompson, [?] A.A.G., is striving for a pension and thinks Dr. Skinner may serve his interests by certificates relating to facts within his knowledge.

Mrs. De Russy unites with me in kind regards to Mrs. Abbot and best wishes for your prosperity and happiness.

Sincerely Yours,
G.A. De Russy
Major 3rd Arty.

Light age toning and wear. Very fine.

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