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Letter on behalf of Governor Ramsey to Gorman regarding replacement instruments for the 1st regiment’s band – August 28, 1861

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

Letter on behalf of Governor Ramsey to Col. W. A. Gorman regarding regimental instruments.

“Sir:  I am instructed by Gov. Ramsey to acknowledge yours of the 21st and say –
– That, on the 19th of August, a letter dated the 10th was received here from Lt. Col. Miller, Commanding the 1st Regt at that time, asking the State to replace the instruments of the Regimental Band, which were damaged so as to be useless in the retreat after the action of July 21st. […]
“And that, on the day following, the 20th, the Commanding officer of the Regt was again written to and advised, that arrangements had been made that day with R. [C.] Munger of St. Paul (with limits as to price) to forward immediately from New York to your Head Quarters, for your Band, a set of the improved style of brass instruments to supply those damaged or lost.
It is, therefore, suggested to you to countermand your order as soon as possible, as in nothing is the State Administration so tenacious, in her present embarrassed condition financially, than that all disbursements for which our treasury becomes responsible, shall be first authorized by the Executive Department here – and by no one else.
Very Respectfully, Thomas Foster, Private Secretary to the Govr”

See full letter: 1861-08-28_full_text

Citation:  August 28, 1861 Letter from Thomas Foster to Willis A. Gorman, Correspondence, May – Aug 1861.  Willis A. Gorman and family papers 1847-1899.  Minnesota Historical Society.

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