• [Confederates] Alfred Ely, the Only Serving Member of Congress, Captured and Imprisoned During War

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    [Confederates] Alfred Ely, the Only Serving Member of Congress, Imprisoned During  Wartime

    ALFRED ELY (1815-1892) was a member of Congress from the 28th New York District (Rochester) in the 36th Congress.  While witnessing the battle of First Bull Run, he was captured by the Confederates and sent to Libby Prison for pre-war anti-Southern speeches.  As such, he was the only serving member of Congress captured and imprisoned during the Civil War.

    2 pp, 7 ¾” x 9 ¾”, Feb. 9, 1872, Rochester, ALS, in part, “I have received your dispatch…and I am so situated that I cannot come. We are having a double circuit recurring here and I am compelled to look after my courts here and should no tdare to leave until circuit adjourns which will be in about a week from Monday…

    “I regret that I am so situated as not to be able to try this court at this circuit as it is simply a vexatious trial brought to extort money from me…Your Mr. Smith knows all about this cause…

    “Yours Truly,

    “Alfred Ely”

    Folds and lighting toning, but overall in excellent condition.  Comes with a nice print of Ely.

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