Civil War Colonel 7th West Virginia Cavalry California Gold Rush Signed Letter For Sale
(1828 - 1902)
& Civil War West Point Officer,
7th West Virginia Cavalry
Col. Loeser brought the news of
the discovery of Gold in California to President Polk which set off
Gold Rush Fever across the Nation!
arrived with his company at monterey, mexico in 1847, and it was he who was
chosen personally to carry the news of the discovery of gold in california,
along with the samples of gold, to president james k. polk, who announced the
discovery to the nation within a few days of loeser’s arrival in washington
in Dec. 1848, thus precipitating the “California Gold RuSh” of 1849!!
HERE'S A RARE AUTOGRAPH
LETTER SIGNED BY LOESER to THE Second Auditor, U. S. Treasury Department,
Washington, D. C., dated at “47 Wyckoff Street, Brooklyn, New York, May 23,
1889” concerning back military pay due
him from his service in the
Mexican-American War over 40 years earlier!!
A RARE AUTOGRAPH ACCOMPANIED BY ANOTHER DOCUMENT FROM THE AUDITOR TO
LOESER. THIS IS THE FIRST LOESER ITEM
WHICH WE RECALL SEEING SINCE HIS ENTIRE CAREER, EXCEPT HIS EARLY COLORFUL
CALIFORNIA SERVICE, WAS ONE CONDUCTED IN OBSCURITY!
THE PIECE MEASURES 5” x 8” AND IS IN VERY GOOD, CLEAN
& CRISP CONDITION. NOTE THAT THE BIOGRAPHY PICTURED IN THE LISTING IS
INCLUDED WITH THE AUTOGRAPH!
A RARE ADDITION TO YOUR CIVIL WAR GENERALS AUTOGRAPH,
MANUSCRIPT & EPHEMERA COLLECTION!
Story of Gen. Lucien
Loeser & the Doscovery of Gold in California
Colonel Richard B.
Mason took his time filling out a carefully detailed report of his
observations in the gold fields. He completing the report on August 17, 1848,
and dispatched a courier, Lieutenant Lucien Loeser, on a roundabout route
back to Washington with Mason's official report; along with a tea-caddy
crammed with over 230 ounces of gold. On August 30, 1848, Loeser sailed from
Monterey by schooner to Payta, Peru, where he caught a British steamer to
Panama. After crossing the Isthmus, Loeser booked passage to Jamaica, and from
there to New Orleans where news of the official confirmation of the gold
discovery created much excitement. Loeser telegraphed his report to the War
Department and resumed his journey to the capital.
received a copy of Mason's report from the War Department and promptly hailed
it as justification for the none too popular war with Mexico and his manifest
destiny policy. In his dispatch, Mason
mentioned that "There is more gold in the country drained by the
Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers than would pay the cost of the late war
with Mexico a hundred times over."
figured prominently in Polk's final State of the Union address to Congress on
December 5, 1848. Polk told Congress, “The accounts of the abundance of gold
in that territory are of such an extraordinary character as would scarcely
command belief were they not corroborated by the authentic reports of
officers in the public service...”
Two days later,
Loeser arrived in Washington with the tea caddy crammed with gold that caused
an immediate sensation. There it was for all to see. 230 ounces, 15
pennyweights and nine grains of gold purchased with civil funds by Mason to
present as evidence of the golden harvest to the people back east. The
official assay confirmed that it averaged 0.894 fine; high-grade gold. The
gold was placed on display at the War Office where it was announced that some
nuggets would be preserved, some coined, with the rest of the gold cast into
medals "commemorative of the heroism and valor of our officers."
caddy touched off the gold mania that soon swept across the nation much the
same way as Brannan's vial of gold had electrified San Francisco. The gold
fever spread in all directions and found the country ripe for new adventures
as thousands of people began making frenzied plans to journey to the land of
El Dorado. The news of the gold discoveries came at an opportune time as the
nation was on the rebound from the war with Mexico and a tremendous
territorial expansion. Many of the recently released Veterans were restless,
finding readjustment to the humdrum life difficult, and longed for something
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