• Dunkirk New Yorkers Elated Over Gen. Grant's Success

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    6 pp, 4 7/8 x 8, April 15, 1864, GEORGE ALLEN writes to his Mother ELIHU ALLEN at Pierrepont Manor, Dunkirk, NY. The Elihu Allen House is notable for its ownership history (research included). In addition to discussing family matters, Allen provides insight into how the townspeople are feeling over Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s success in 1864, shortly after President Lincoln appointed him General-in-Chief in March 1864.


    Shortly after his appointment, Grant directed Gen. William Sherman to drive through the South while he, with the Army of the Potomac, pinned down Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.

    Allen writes of Grant’s success to his Mother, noting that people are jubilant over it.


    “...Where is William now, if at the Manor, you have the pleasure of hearing his discourse of Gen. Grant’s success. I think it must be a panacea for his ills. People are jubilant here over the success. I am anxious to hear from Uncle David...Has the 18th Artillery been engaged? How is Uncle David? A militia regiment from Ohio passed through here this morning enroute for Washington. I wrote to William Smith of the Union Office in regard to that note and have received no reply as yet...”


    Folds, but in excellent condition. Yellow cover has a beautiful DUNKIRK, NY, postmark with the original postage.


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