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Civil War Request Endorsed by Generals Cutler & Rice

1pp, 8 x 10 in. Head Quarters 14th N.Y.S.M., Culpeper C.H., Va., 23 March 1864. From Lt. & R.Q.M. of the 14th NYSM William H. Tigney to Lt. Col. C. Kingsbury, Jr. requesting a leave of 10 days to return to Brooklyn, NY to attend to personal business. Approved and forwarded by Robt. Jordan (on March 23), Lt. Col. Comdg., Brig. Gen'l. J.C. Rice (1829-1864) (March 23), then Brig. Gen'l. Lysander Cutler (1807-1866) (March 24). Upper right note signed by C. Kingsbury, Jr. AAG, disapproves the leave, since leaves of absence can now only be granted in extreme cases, and that the application may be properly considered the reasons must accompany it. (March 28) Approved by the "big guys" and shot down by the "smaller" one!

In less than two months, Rice would lose his life at Laurel Hill, VA, near Spotsylvania C.H. (May 10) when his thigh was shattered by a rifle ball requiring amputation. He lost his battle for life, and died the following day. Reportedly the surgeon asked him on which side he would rest more comfortably, and Rice answered: "Turn my face to the enemy."

Lysander Cutler volunteered early in the war, serving as colonel of the 6th Wisconsin. Later he assumed command of the famous "Iron Brigade" to which his unit was attached. The war took its toll, however, and Cutler died just a year after leaving the army (res'd. 30 June 1865, d. 30 July 1866).

Condition:Expected folds in thirds, toning and surface soil along folds.

Estimate: $300 - $500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$264
06/11/2010

 

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