War Between the States

Autograph Letter Signed

(1822-1903) Grandson of Revolutionary War hero, Alexander Hamilton. Graduated in the West Point class of 1841. He won two brevets for gallantry in the Mexican War and was twice critically wounded, once by a ball in the stomach and once by a lance which passed entirely through his chest, piercing his lung. He served as aide-de-camp to General Winfield Scott for seven years and resigned his commission in 1855. At the outbreak of the Civil War he returned to Washington as a volunteer private in the 7th N.Y. National Guard, in April 1861. Soon after he was serving with General Scott again, this time as military secretary with the rank of colonel. After Scott's retirement, Hamilton joined his brother-in-law, Henry W. Halleck, in St. Louis as assistant chief of staff of the Department of Missouri. He was commissioned brigadier general of volunteers to rank from Nov. 12, 1861. In the operations against New Madrid and Island No. 10 he commanded a division under General John Pope and then participated in the siege of Corinth under Halleck. Hamilton commanded the left wing of the Army of the Mississippi.

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

New York City
Park Ave. Hotel
April 17, 1888

Hon. M.C.D. Borden
President &c, &c

Dear Sir:

I enclose a note of my son Hon. Robert Ray Hamilton introducing me to you. I am well known to Hon. Waldo Hutchings. I have asked him to assist me in procuring for David Graham of No. 147 East 32d St., N.Y. City, as painter in the N.Y. Central Park.

He was employed by Genl. Charles P. Stone as a painter on the Bartholdi Statue of Liberty and has strong recommendation from him.

He is also strongly recommended for employment in a different capacity by Genl. Danl. Sickles. He is a nephew of Hon. Joseph Gordon, N.Y. Assembly, XVIII District. He will be able to submit a recommendation from a painter of standing in this city, Mr. Cary, I think by whom he has been employed.

I feel a strong personal interest in Mr. Graham & would be glad if he could be gratified.

I remain,
With high respect,
Your Obdt. Servt.
Schuyler Hamilton
Maj. Genl.

Light age toning and wear. Very fine.

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