1863 Civil War Letter, Hostage Taking, Gov. F.h. Pierpont To Col James Mulligan For Sale

1863 CIVIL WAR letter, HOSTAGE TAKING, Gov. F.H. Pierpont to Col James Mulligan

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March 6, 1863 signed letter from Illinois Governor F.H. Pierpont to Col. James A. Mulligan of the Irish Brigade, asking him to take a notorious Confederate soldier, William VanMeter, hostage.


The hostage would be used to demand the return of James H. Trout, Esq., of Hampshire County, who had been captured by the rebels the previous August and taken to Richmond, Va. where he was still held prisoner. He uses strong language regarding violence and mentions that there is "an understanding between the President [Lincoln] and myself on this subject of arrest."


The letter reads:

"Sir,

I will take it as a special favour if you will arrest Mr. Vanmeter of Hardy County a wealthy and notorious rebel as a hostage for James H. Trout of Hampshire County who is now in Richmond, sieged last fall and taken there by the rebels. There is an understanding between the President and myself on this subject of arrest. At my request I desire him brought here - But you can inform him when brought to your camp that he is arrested as a hostage for Trout and he had better send a messenger to Richmond to affect the release of Trout - for as sure as God reigns and I live he will never be released until Trout comes home. And if violence is done to Trout I will have him disposed of in the same way. And he had better ask in earnest. Send him here as convenient.

I am yours,

J.H. Pierpont"


Condition: The paper has yellowed and there is wear and losses to the edges. One area has been taped on the back.Please see the photos for additional details and the most accurate description of its condition.
Approximate Dimensions: 7-3/4" x 9-7/8" (folded to single page size)
James A. Mulligan (1829–1864) was colonel of the 23rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment (known locally as "the Irish Brigade") in the Union Army during the American Civil War. On February 20, 1865, the United States Senate confirmed the posthumous award to Colonel Mulligan of the rank of brevet brigadier general of U.S. Volunteers to rank from July 23, 1864, the day before he was mortally wounded at the Second Battle of Kernstown, near Winchester, Virginia. He commanded the Federal forces at the First Battle of Lexington in Missouri, and later distinguished himself in other engagements in the Eastern theater prior to his death in battle.
Francis Harrison Pierpont (January 25, 1814 – March 24, 1899), called the "Father of West Virginia," was an American lawyer, politician, and unelected "governor" of the Union-controlled parts of Virginia during the Civil War. After the war, he was the "Governor" of all of Virginia during the early years of Reconstruction. In recognition of his significance to its state history, in 1910 the state of West Virginia donated a marble statue of Pierpont as its second contribution to the U.S. Capitol's National Statuary Hall Collection.
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