JOHN ELLIS WOOL (February 20, 1784 – November 10, 1869) served
as an office in the U.S. Army during three consecutive wars – the War of 1812,
the Mexican-American War and the Civil War. By the time the Mexican War
occurred, Wool was widely considered one of the most capable officers in the
army and a superb organizer. He was one
of the four general officers in 1861 and the one who saw the most Civil War
1 ¼ pp, 5 ¼ x 8 ½, Troy, February 26, 1864, to Wm C. Traphagen, Esqr, of New York. “I give you many thanks for your favor of yesterday. Herewith I return the affidavit executed.
“It would be singular, as it appears to me, if the application to carry my case to the United States Court would be refused. Gudeman is a Georgian and a rebel. I have an invoice of goods purchased by Gudeman which sir I hold by the United States. I am a citizen of New York and an officer of the Army, acting at the time of Gudeman’s arriest, officially under the orders of the President [Lincoln].
“I hope to be with you on Monday or Tuesday, on my way to Washington. I will stop long enough to see you.
“Very truly yours
“John E. Wool”
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