Robert F. Winslow to Richard Yates

Title

Robert F. Winslow to Richard Yates

Publisher

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Date

1861-06-20

Rights

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

Language

en

Identifier

500449

Transcription

Princeton Bureau Co Ill June 20th 1861

To His Excellency Governor Yates

I see by the papers that Major [Hendin?] of the Chicago Zouave Regiment has declined the appointment as Major which your tendered him and that no appointment to fill that vacancy in the Regiment had yet been made. I have tried in various ways to secure a position in which I could serve my country in her present need but so far without success. I have had some ten years experience in Command of a Regiment in New York City and may without egotism claim to be qualified to do so here. I am 48 yrs of age – have


two of my sons in the service – one of whom is in Company A. of the same Zouave Regiment – and I now ask of you Sir to give me the appointment to fill the vacancy. I am in politics a Democrat but will yield to no man in the devotion I feel to our Union or in the desire I feel to sustain the administration in quelling the Southern Rebellion. I can furnish abundant evidence of qualification, and as to my habits there can be no objection as I am addicted to none that are regarded as a disqualification. I never drank a drop of [illegible] spirits in my life am free from any disease or disability I claim to possess great presence of mind in time of danger, and will [persevere?] to fight as long as I can have any one to fight with me or to fight. I am as poor as Lazarus and I would come to Springfield and urge


my claims in person but I trust to your generosity to give me as fair a chance under the Circumstances as if I had made my [illegible] in the Executive Chamber. Mr Owen Lovejoy tho a political opponent will do me the justice to say I am in all other respects a fitting person to fill the position I seek.

Yrs trly Robert F. Winslow


June 22

Robert F. Winslow asking appointment as major of Regt for State at large.

Ansd July 22. 1861

Status

Complete

Percent Completed

100

Weight

20

Original Format

4

Citation

“Robert F. Winslow to Richard Yates ,” Chronicling Illinois, accessed October 18, 2019, http://alplm-cdi.com/chroniclingillinois/items/show/1448.