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October 21, 2011

Appointment of surgeon to MN 3rd – October 21, 1861

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

Letter from Henry A Swift (who would become Governor in 1863) to Acting Governor Ignatius Donnelly, recommending William W. Mayo (founder of the Mayo Clinic) for an appointment as Surgeon for the 3rd Minnesota Regiment:

“Saint Peter, Oct. 21, 1861 Hon I. Donnelly Acting Gov of Minnesota
Dear Sir:
Wm W Mayo MD, of Le Sueur, Le Sueur County, is an applicant for appointment as Surgeon of the 3rd Regiment Minnesota Volunteers. I have been acquainted with Dr. Mayo for [our] six years and know him to be well qualified for the position he seeks. He is a liberally educated, accomplished, and skilled physician of successful practice for years; a loyal and patriotic citizen, [] in his Republican principles, and his appointment would [] great satisfaction to numerous friends in the Minnesota Valley. Hoping that you will find it consistent to bestow upon him what he asks, for his own sake and that of the volunteers who should need his services.
I am very respectfully Your obt servant Henry A. Swift”

[Mayo was ultimately rejected as a candidate for Surgeon, but later (1863) became the examining surgeon for the draft board in Rochester, Minnesota.]

Citation:  October 21, 1861 Letter from Henry A. Swift  to Ignatius Donnelly, Correspondence Sept-Oct. 1861. Ignatius Donnelly and family papers, 1812-1973. Minnesota Historical Society.

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