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Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles Autographed Letter to Admiral Foote
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Here is an excellent original Civil War letter written from Lincoln's Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles to then Captain (Future Admiral) Andrew H. Foote (1806-1863). It is headed from the Navy Department and is dated June 17th 1862. In the letter, Welles is franting, per Foote’s request, a leave of absence of three months from his "command of the U. S. Naval Fleet employed on the Mississippi River and its tributaries...based upon the condition of your health, arising from a wound received at Fort Donelson." Foote received a foot wound in the attack on Fort Donelson in February 1862. He never fully recovered. As if that wasn't enough, the document is hand signed in ink by the secretary of the Navy for the union during the Civil War, Gideon Welles (1802 - 1878). Gideon Welles was born in 1802 in Connecticut and before the war served as editor of the Hartford Times from 1826 until 1836. He was extremely valuable asset to the Union side during the Civil War. Because so many people left the Navy to serve in the Confederacy it was imperative to rebuild the Union Navy. He did so quite well. The Navy rose from 90 ships at the outbreak of the war to 670 ships by the war's end. Members of the Navy rose from 9000 to 57,000 during the war. He also was a proponent for the new technology of the day including the new ironclad ships. After the war he founded one of New England's earliest Republican newspapers, the Hartford Evening Press. It is a wonderful document that was to a highly important naval commander. In addition to that you have a wonderful ink autograph of Abraham Lincoln's secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles. The letter is accompanied by modern xerox copies of images of Welles and Foote.

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