Col. James A. Mulligan Autograph Letter Signed, 1862 For Sale
Col. James A. Mulligan Autograph Letter Signed, 1862
Autograph Letter Signed, July 27, 1862, from Mulligan to Captain W. Clay Wood. The letter discusses a doctor who was ordered to a medical examination board due to questionable ability, but instead deserted. In full:
"Captain, I have received yours of 22nd (mch - March?) relative to Dr. Silas J. Lee. The Dr. gave his whole time to our regiment (23rd Illinois) prior to the muster. From about the 27th of May 61 to the 15th of June 61. The position of Asst. Surgeon was sought by two others and it was the lucid understanding that the apt. should be the compensation for the services thus rendered. This was peculiarly true of Dr. Lee. whose ability was sincerely doubted by the officers, but who were supposed to regard him favorably for his courtesy and attention. About middle of Aug 61, I ordered him from Jefferson City to Illinois to stand his examination before a medical board. He never after reported in person or by letter - deserted -With Respect, Faithfully, James A. Mulligan, Col. / To Capt. W. Clay Wood, Washington D.C."
Age toning, and some wear and loss to the edges. There are a few notations in pencil on the letter.
James A. Mulligan was colonel of the 23rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He was fatally wounded during the Second Battle of Kernstown, near Winchester, Virginia on July 24th, 1864. Mulligan's soldiers attempted to carry him to safety, but the unyielding Confederate fire made this an impossible task and he gave them the famous order to: "LAY ME DOWN AND SAVE THE FLAG." Mulligan's men reluctantly complied. Confederate soldiers captured Mulligan and carried him to a nearby home, where he died two days later.
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