Home / Collections / Podcast & Blog » Two letters to Governor Ramsey describing lack of adequate clothing – July 30, 1861

Collections

Collections Up Close

July 30, 2011

Two letters to Governor Ramsey describing lack of adequate clothing – July 30, 1861

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

Letter from Lt. Col. Stephen Miller to Governor Ramsey.

“Washington, July 30, 1861.
My Dear Govr: Your favor of the 22nd just at hand, in regard to the clothing of this Reg’t,
There have been in the Reg’t many cases of individual hardship, a few amounting to almost nakedness; nut I think that of the following facts there is not a doubt.
First.  That the best temporary and partial uniform that could be obtained promptly, in our poor and sparsely settled State, was provided for the Regt at the time of its organization.
Second. That about the middle of last May Col. Gorman made the proper requisition for the full U.S. Uniform for all our men, and he and our Quarter-Master and messengers to N York and Phil’a have been urging and laboring for its delivery ever since.
Third.  Notwithstanding these exertions the clothing was only procured last week.  It was immediately delivered and nearly all our men are now in possession of excellent suits.  The few exceptions will be provided for in a few days.
I do not go into this matter more largely because Col. Gorman will write you officially upon this subject very soon.
Ever yours truly, Stephen Miller”

Citation: July 30, 1861 Letter from Stephen Miller to Alexander Ramsey,  Letters Received–1st Reg. 1861. Minnesota: Governor: Ramsey. Records. Minnesota Historical Society. State Archives.

Letter from Colonel Gorman to Governor Ramsey

[…]  “This Reg’t was as well provided as any Regiment brought into the service of the U.S. from the West.  The clothing delivered at Fort Snelling was, although of an inferior quality in most part and condemned by a board of inspection, yet necessity knows no Law & it was received because no other could be procured owing to the great distance we were from the manufacturing cities.” […]


July 30, 1861 Letter from Willis A. Gorman to Alexander Ramsey, Letters Received–1st Reg. 1861. Minnesota: Governor: Ramsey. Records. Minnesota Historical Society. State Archives.

See full text: 1861-07-30_full_text

Bookmark and Share

Comments are closed.



An Ounce of Preservation: A Guide to the Care of Papers and Photographs