Otto Igel to Richard Yates

Title

Otto Igel to Richard Yates

Publisher

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Date

1861-06-19

Rights

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum holds all rights and permissions.

Language

en

Identifier

500441

Transcription

Chicago June 19th 1861

His Excellency

Richard Yates

Governor of the State of Illinois

Springfield

Sir:

Some time ago I send a letter to the Right Honorable F. A. Hoffmann, Lieutenant Governor of this State, in which I offered my service to the State in any situation he or Your Excellency may see fit to place me. I did not like to join one of the Volunteer Regiments, as I have a very good business situation & a family depending from my earnings, so that I had no time to raise a Company; besides, I am not satisfied with the elections of officers in a great many volunteer regiments which seldom have elected the right men.

The latest news show my presumption being right & that the country is very much in need of experienced officers.

I have a short sketch of my life in my letter to the Right Honorable F. A. Hoffman, but in this critical period I consider it my duty to my adopted country, to communicate to You the following facts:


I was born in the year 1826 in the City of Luxembourg, where my father was commander of the Prussian Artillery; in the spring of 1844 I entered the Prussian army in the 30th Regiment of Infantry, was promoted 1846 lieutenant in the same Regiment, fought all the battles in the Revolution of 48 & 49 & therefore got decorated by the Grand Duke of Baden with the Zachringer Loewen Order; In 1853 I resigned my office on Account of not being able to give the required security to get married & came to this country. I started first in St. Louis a Alcohol Distillery & lived there till 1858, when I failed in business on account of the hard times & went to this city, where I reside since that time. I am now travelling agent for Mr. Theodore Kraefft 77 South Water street, to whom & many other leading merchants here & in St. Louis I can refer You.

From the above statement Your Excellency can see if my service could be of any use to my adopted country & I am willing & ready every minute to serve the State to the best of my ability. I have further to remark to You that I made myself acquainted with the American tactics.


I hope Your Excellency will excuse my liberty of addressing You in this matter & if You need my service please direct Your ordres care of Theodore Kraefft to

Your humble servant

Otto Igel


Otto Igel.

Tendering services.

Answered.

Status

Complete

Percent Completed

100

Weight

20

Original Format

4

Citation

“Otto Igel to Richard Yates ,” Chronicling Illinois, accessed June 17, 2019, http://alplm-cdi.com/chroniclingillinois/items/show/1440.