Lot 43: 1863 HENRY JACKSON HUNT Chief of Artillery Union Army, Autograph Letter Signed

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1863 Civil War Henry Jackson Hunt Letter as Chief of Artillery in the Union Army of the Potomac to Gen Sprague
HENRY JACKSON HUNT (1819-1889). Chief of Artillery in the Union Army of the Potomac during the American Civil War.
February 2, 1863-Dated Civil War, Autograph Letter Signed, "H. J. Hunt," as Chief of Artillery, 1.5 pages, on "Office of Chief of Artillery, Army of the Potomac." letterhead, Very Fine. The official letterhead paper shows normal folds with separation to the blank attached page attached with some small pieces of paper tape being of no consequence. Otherwise fine condition on this Civil War-date letter with war-related content. This Letter is written to General Sprague, and reads, in full:

"Dear General -- McMahons battery is going to the dogs for want of a man, and I hear nothing of the absent Captain, who some say was no better than those officers now with it.

- The man I recommend, Patrick Hart, was the driver of my howitzer at the Garita San Cosme and a pet of Genl Worth. He became 1st Sergeant of the battery, and is the best man I know for the position. - He is now in the Government employment at Alexandria, under Lieut Col Bells Corps of Subsistence. - If you have any information of the position being vacant, you cannot do better for the battery than to appoint Hart to it. - We are all in the agonies of a reorganization. - Worth is well. -- Truly yours, (Signed) H.J. Hunt."


John Wilson Sprague (April 4, 1817 - December 27, 1894) was an American soldier and railroad executive. He served as a General in the Union Army in the Western Theater of operations during the American Civil War. He received the Medal of Honor for gallantry at the Battle of Decatur during the Atlanta Campaign. After the Civil War, he was a railroad executive and later co-founded the City of Tacoma, Washington, serving as its first mayor.
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