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Two letters: one asking to be private secretary to Donnelly, other from Donnelly to wife about being appointed Colonel – June 26, 1861

Filed under: Civil War Daybook — Lori Williamson @ 9:00 am

Letter from L.W. Collins to Donnelly asking for a position as a colonel’s orderly or private secretary under Donnelly.

“Friend Donnelly, Mr. Bailly, my Father and myself have been making strenuous exertions to fill up a company from this county, but we anticipate from your dispatch received last evening, that the required number of companies have already been tendered.  It has been supposed here that you would command the Regiment, and it was my wish to join, and in the event of your appointment to ask you for the position of Colonel’s orderly or private Secretary.  Knowing it to be far from a lucrative position I very naturally concluded there would be but few applicants for it.  I dislike very much to go into a Co. composed of total strangers as a private, and yet would like to “go to the war”  Unless you return home within a day or two will you write me, informing me of the chances. Very Respectfully Yours,  L. W. Collins”

Citation 1: June 26, 1861 Letter from L. W. Collins to Ignatius Donnelly,  Correspondence and Miscellaneous Papers, June – July 1861. Ignatius Donnelly and Family Papers. Minnesota Historical Society.

Letter from Donnelly to his wife discussing Donnelly’s unlikely appointment to Colonel.

“I am afraid my Colonelship has gone up. Ramsey told Blakely of Rochester, just before he left, he would not think of appointing any one but a military man.  The old “cuss” fears that any one might interfere with his plans for the U.S. Senate in the future.  If it turns out that he does not appoint me I will make him regret it.”

See whole letter: 1861-06-26_2
See whole transcript: 1861-06-26_2_transcription

Citation 2: June 26, 1861 Letter from Ignatius Donnelly to Kate Donnelly,  Correspondence and Miscellaneous Papers, June – July 1861. Ignatius Donnelly and Family Papers. Minnesota Historical Society.

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