Edwin Stanton writes and signs a letter in response to an inquiry about, “a deserter from the U.S. Navy,” serving w/Co. D, 2nd N.H. Vols.
Stanton advises that the Provost Marshal at Fortress Monroe cannot find him among the men of that unit. The 2nd N.H., had been at 1st Bull Run, the 7 Days and Gettysburg, had at this writing just been at Drewry’s Bluff. Uncommon as Secretary of War.
Tiny edge chips, lt. marg. toning, but quite good. Stanton’s signature is hurriedly written.
Stanton, Edwin M. (Lincoln’s 2nd Sec. War) Letter, signed, as Secretary. War Dept. letterhead, Washington: 17 May 1864; to the Sec. of the Navy 4to.; 1p.