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320: Genl. John E. Wool, Civil War-Period ALS, Oct 1864

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General John E. Wool, Civil War-Period ALS, October 1864 

Major General John Ellis Wool (1789-1869).  Officer in the War of 1812, Mexican American War, and Civil War.  ALS, 1p, November 1, 1864, at Troy, New York.  Wool's note is written on verso of a one page letter penned the previous day by a man who identified himself only as T.D.D., in which the man relays to Maj. Gen. Wool that another unnamed man has been spreading the story that Wool and his nephew John Augustus Griswold are only supporting the Union Army insomuch as it will help them secure a federal contract for ironclad battleships.  Wool responds by writing There is not one word of truth in this communication.  It is a lie from beginning to end.  [Signed] John E. Wool.  Wool then chastises the letter writer for not including his name or the name of the other man, saying There should be no concealment when your country is beset by traitors, liars, and forgers.  Letter is accompanied by an 8 x 6 in. engraving by Buttre, from a Brady photograph. 


Partial separation at folds.  Minor scattered stains.  All corners torn off.  Text neat and clearly legible.

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