Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to William Henry Seward, October 10, 1864

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Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to William Henry Seward, October 10, 1864
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Date:1864-10-10

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Letter from William Henry Seward, Jr. to William Henry Seward, October 10, 1864

action: sent

sender: William Seward
Birth: 1839-06-18  Death: 1920-04-29

location: Martinsburg, VA

receiver: William Seward
Birth: 1801-05-16  Death: 1872-10-10

location: Unknown
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transcription: obm 

revision: crb 2016-09-02

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Martinsburgh Va Oct 10/64
My dear Father
I am commencing to get
this Depot organized and think that I
shall have matters running smoothly before
long. To give you some idea of what
is being done — to day we have sent off
400 wagons of supplies 2000 men 100 horses
& received 1700 men 300 wagons 3500 wounded
100 prisoners & two hundred refugees, all of
which are taken care of & we are ready to do
the same thing over again tomorrow.
I find that this place contains over 130
places of business many of which are, or
have been carrying on trade with rebels
I have taken the reponsibility of issuing an
order closing all until satifactory evidence of
present & previous loyalty is established in
so doing I am not sure but I exceed my
authority but I am positive that it is right
that it will protect the loyal citizens and
prevent rebels from reaping the benefit. I hope
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that my course will not be disapproved
for there is no question of its good results
Genl Stevenson
Birth: 1821-06-08 Death: 1897-01-22
to whom I communicated the
matter approves of my action. I have had
several houses searched to day & found ^some^ stores
& Govt property concealed, independent of all
this I find there are ma[ n ]
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y loyal people
here and I should think that nearly one
half are strictly so.
Gen Stevenson has answered my application
for Cavalry by saying the he will send
me th[ r ]
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ee regiments as soon as he can obtain
them, I hope my own regiment will reach
here before the term of service of several of
those I have here expire.
One of the regiments I have here is Col
Rosco Conklins
Birth: 1829-10-30 Death: 1888-04-18
of N.Y. & really the poorest
regiment I ever saw, perhaps it is because he
is running for Congress & does not wish to
offend his men that the disipline is so poor
Your Affectionate Son
W H Seward
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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
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W.H.S. Jr
Martinsburg