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Unique 1861 Telegraph Memo, Philadelphia Prep For Civil War Col. Ellsworth Body For Sale
UNIQUE 1861 TELEGRAPH MEMO, PHILADELPHIA PREP FOR CIVIL WAR COL. ELLSWORTH BODY!
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1861 Civil War Telegram memo draft Requesting Transportation for the Body of Colonel Ellsworth. This hand written note on "Magnetic Telegraph Company" letterhead details a brief directive to the Mayor of Philadelphia to provide conveyance of Ellsworth's body from the depot upon its arrival. Elmer Ellsworth worked closely with Abraham Lincoln in his law office and on his campaign and Lincoln regarded him highly. Following the President's inauguration, Ellsworth went to New York City to organize a regiment which became the 11th New York Volunteers or Fire Zouaves. They traveled to Washington and encampedat the White House.Upon the secession of Virginia, Ellsworth and his men traveled to Alexandria to securethe telegraph office and the railroad station.Ellsworth also made it his personal duty to remove a large Confederateflag thatwas flying highabove the Marshall House Inn and could be seen from theWhite House. Ellsworth did retrieve the flag for Lincoln but lost his life in theprocess making him the first "known" casualty of the American Civil War. Lincoln was deeply saddened by his friend's death and ordered his body to be brought tothe White House where he lay in state on May 24th, the day of his death. On May 25th his body was to be sent home to New York, first passing throughPhiladelphia. Thisdocument marks an important moment in our American history when an unexpected death "brought home" the war to the White House. Approximate size is 5-1/4" x 8". ARTIFACTS SUCH AS THIS REPRESENT HISTORY IN THE MAKING. Condition: light soiling, fold lines,occasional edge wear. Please see photos for additional condition review. Questions welcome!
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