Sutlers were maintained at army posts to supply troops with supplies. Fortress Monroe, later referred to as Fort Monroe, was completed in 1834, but under construction for several years prior. It acted as a defensive fortification and was named in honor of President James Monroe. It became notable as a historic and symbolic site of early freedom for former slaves. Former Confederate President Jefferson Davis was imprisoned at the fort for two years following the Civil War.
R.J. SCOTT was a Sutler for the United States Army in the 1830s.
Offering a one-page ALS from Fortress Monroe, October 30, 1830, to an unknown Major. “I sent the store by the last boat. It should have been sent sooner but it is the first time the boat as [gone from] the wharf since you left…The Boy neglected to send the legs. They are, however, safe and shall certainly be sent by the next boat. I was sorry to hear from Col. House of the illness of Mr. Lewis. I hope he has by this time recovered. Mrs. Scott joins me in remembrance to you all…”
Irregular left margin, not affecting anything. One small fold tear reinforced. Toning, light foxing and folds. Very readable.
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