Item #44022 [Autograph Letter Signed] Civil War Captain Thomas Glover Pens a Scathing Letter from Camp Selkirk, Pertaining to the Upcoming New York Election & Support for Lincoln. New York. Civil War, Thomas A. Glover.

[Autograph Letter Signed] Civil War Captain Thomas Glover Pens a Scathing Letter from Camp Selkirk, Pertaining to the Upcoming New York Election & Support for Lincoln.

Camp Selkirk, Maryland: 1861. [4] pp. Bifolium. 12 x 7.5 inches. Repaired tears along the folds with minor losses, a few open tears along the margins, light foxing, still about very good. Item #44022

October 21, 1861. A wonderful, fervent, political letter regarding politics and the effect of the upcoming election in New York on the war effort from an officer of the 71st Regiment of the New York Volunteer Infantry, Capt. Thomas A. Glover, commander of Company K drawn mainly from Ulster County, New York. Glover had been active in New York politics before the Civil War.

Written to his patron only as "Hasbrouck," but Joseph Osterhout Hasbrouck (1801-1871) who was active in Democratic Party politics and a clerk at the Customs House in New York City under Hiram Barney (1811-1895), abolitionist and politician, who was appointed Collector of the Port of New York by Lincoln in 1861 over the objection of Thurlow Weed.

After describing the work in setting up at Camp Selkirk, Maryland, Captain Glover tells Hasbrouck to warn Barney about other political operatives (including Oliver Charlock, and Denis McCarthy) who are not to be trusted.

"Old Tammany has none such devoted friends as these and Geary [probably a John Geary] is an arch traitor. He must not fall back upon his record in defeating democratic candidates in his district hoping thereby to be retained in the Custom House. Let Barney understand him in his true character and he will soon send him adrift."

But the bulk of his letter is to encourage a strong effort by Hasbrouck to support Lincoln:

"You cannot imagine how pleased I am to know you are going in the country especially with the confidence of the collector and Surveyor of the Post. I want you to go up among the mountains, set them all in a blaze, give them true union sentiments. Let old Ulster Greene Orange Rockland Columbia Albany Sullivan aye all the counties, not forgetting Kings Queens, Suffolk New York Westchester and Richmond roll up the union majorities until the treacherous Regency is overthrown, Republicans may stand by Abraham Lincoln's administration because it is the work of their hands, but the democracy of the Empire state must rally under the banner of the Union Inscribe upon its folds this motto Union with en of principles but no Union with Traitors."

More troops are needed, and in an optimistic note, writes that if New York sends more the war may be won soon:

"You have already done good work in raising... the company I command. Let these ... of your declining days mark you as a true friend to your country in the hours of her peril and danger. One victory may save the nation, one vote may save the state. Therefore, let not the sun rest upon your head that you had not done all you could to win out that one vote."

An exceptional letter.

Price: $375.00