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59. Gen. Samuel R. Curtis to Lincoln on Col. Norton P. Chipman and prisoner exchange


59. Gen. Samuel R. Curtis to Lincoln on Col. Norton P. Chipman and prisoner exchange


Letter from General Samuel R. Curtis to Abraham Lincoln introducing his Chief of Staff Colonel Norton P. Chipman who seeks an order for a prisoner exchange. Curtis also states his desire to be of continuing service to the President. June 5, 1863. Autograph Draft Signed.




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St[.] Louis[,] June 5, 1863 His Exc[ellen]cy Pr[e]s[iden]t A. Lincoln Permit me to introduce my chief of staff Col[.] Chipman who visits Washington in persuance of orders to exchange prisoners. I hope your Excellency will receive him, as he is; a pure patriot, and gallant soldier, devoted to our cause and your devoted sincere friend. While I may need rest from this incessant toil and care [?] which are incident to the service in which I have performed I hope your Excellency will not fail to use me in any occasion and above all things do not make me appear as an object of your displeasure; since as a faithful soldier and personal friend I have devoted myself to your support, and cause of our unhappy country since the origin of our troubles. I have the honor to be Your Ex[cellen]cy[']s ob[edien]t ser[van]t[,] S[.] R[.] Curtis[,] Maj[.] Genl[.]