John Hay, Manuscript Document, Signature
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John Hay, Manuscript Document Signed, this military telegram from the White House, on January 6, 1864 at 6.35 pm, requests information relating to the departure of two Union transports from New York, bound for Hilton Head, South Carolina.
“Major Van Vliet, Quarter Master, New York. Please inform me when Steamer Arago or Fulton starts from New York to Hilton Head”.
Late in 1863, Hay had served as a volunteer aide-de-camp on the staff of Union General Quincy A. Gillmore, Commander of the Department of the South, at the time stationed in South Carolina. Hay, now commissioned by Lincoln as a Major, was about to meet with Gillmore again, this time in Florida, to generate support among the populace in the areas under Federal control and aid in implementing in that state Lincoln’s Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction. Issued December 8, 1863, this presidential order set out for the provisions for returning the southern states to the Union.
Hay was to remain in Florida until March, and would record in his diary that this early attempt at forming a loyal state government in accordance with Lincoln’s plan had failed.
Clean paper separation, at the lower of two horizontal folds, which passes through the signature, has been repaired on the verso; otherwise very good.
Hay, John (Secretary and Biographer of Abraham Lincoln; Diplomat and Secretary of State) Autograph document, signed, “John Hay / Exec. Mansion”. Washington: 6 January 1864. On War Department form; 1p., 12mo.