Charles E. McDowell to Jesse K. Dubois

Title

Charles E. McDowell to Jesse K. Dubois

Publisher

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Date

1861-07-01

Rights

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

Format

pdf

Language

en

Identifier

500496

Transcription

Carmi White County Illinois July 1st 1861

Hon Jesse K. Dubois

Dear Sir

I address you as an old personal, as well as in former years, a political friend of my father's (James McDowell Mount Carmel Ills) asking you if in your power to procure for me a position in the Cavalry Regiment just being formed in this state for service during the present war. I enlisted in the Cavalry Company, from this county with the expectation and promise of being 2nd [Beret?] Lieutenant, but there being so such officer, I was going as a private, but to this my friends were so much opposed that I reluctantly abandoned it, only the day before it recieved marching orders. However if I can go in some official capacity, they will have no objection to my going, and I will achieve the object I most ardently desire, that of taking part and parcel in this fight.

As regards my moral character qualifications &c I refer to the enclosed letter of Mr Whiting (a warm personal and political friend of yours) with whom I have been reading Law for about a year and a half. If time permitted I could also procure


testimonials of a similar character from citizens of Wabash County who have known me from infancy up, and with whom you are personally aquainted.

If I can suceed in getting the aid of your attention and influence (without trespassing too much on your time) in procuring for me a commission as a Lieutenant in one of the companies, or a position of any kind in the Regiment or in any of the infantry Regiments, I care not what it is, so I can get to go to the war, I will ever remain gratefully and truly

yours

Charles E. McDowell

Status

Complete

Percent Completed

100

Weight

20

Original Format

2

Citation

“Charles E. McDowell to Jesse K. Dubois,” Chronicling Illinois, accessed September 22, 2019, http://alplm-cdi.com/chroniclingillinois/items/show/1495.