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Brigadier General Richard Delafield 1864 Hand Writen Letter to an Engineer
Item #: L1447
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This is a wonderful original Civil War letter written by union Brigadier General Richard Delafield. Delafield was born in New York City on September 1, 1798. He Graduated West Point Military Academy with the class of 1818. During his 52 year military career he was promoted all the way from 2nd Lieut. to brevet Major-General. During that service he was the superintendent at West Point for 12 years and also served as Chief of the Engineers for the U.S. Army. Even though he was 63 years old at the outbreak of the Civil War he volunteered and strengthened defenses near New York harbor. On May 19, 1864 he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general. He died in Washington, DC on November 5, 1873. He also patented a pre-rifled cannon shell late in the Civil War which bore his name. This letter was written from Washington, DC on August 6, 1864 from the Engineer Department. He is writing to Lt. A. H. Bowman of the Corps of Engineers in New Orleans, Louisiana. The letter discusses the state of some of the some different geographic locations including Fort Delaware. He states that he hopes to be able to make it down to New Orleans soon. It is beautifully signed at the end of the letter "Truly Yours Richd Delafield". One thing that is cool about this letter is that it was folded in such a way so that he didn't have to use an envelope. The back page of the letter form the envelope. It still has the majority of the wax seal remaining. The letter measures 7 3/4 inches wide and is 10 inches tall. This is an impressive letter in fine condition.

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