Headquarters, Department of the Gulf,
New Orleans, Dec 16th 1864.
Dear Governor -
I have asked from the President the appointment of my only son to West Point.
The boy has set his heart on it and I hope may not be disappointed. You have seen him and for his sake & his father's I would like you to give your personal attention to this claim.
I have asked nothing from the Executive & been content to do such work as I am assigned to.
If you choose to exert yourself in this matter I shall consider it an additional obligation to the many already conferred on
Hurlbert S. A.
Head Quarters Dept of the Gulf New Orleans
December 16th 1864.
Desires the appointment of his only son to West Point and requests the Governors personal attention to the Matter.