Letter to Governor Alexander Ramsey from Henry Hastings Sibley regarding Sibley’s request for a bridge over the Blue Earth River, a tributary of the Minnesota River in southern Minnesota – February 2, 1863
Head-Quarters, District of Minnesota,
DEPARTMENT OF THE NORTHWEST.
Saint Paul, Minn., February 2nd 1863
His Excellency Alex. Ramsey
In reply to the communication you have done me the honor to address me, of this date, I beg leave to state, that Col. Miller commanding at Mankato, represented that the bridge over the Blue Earth was necessary for military operations, and his recommendation for its early construction, was referred by me to the Head Quarters of the Dept. on the 8th [ult.], with an earnest request, that the application be made for authority from the War Dept. to expend the sum of $1000. for the purchase of materials therefor, as the bridge could be built by details of troops, with the aid of the citizens. No reply has yet been received.
Your obt. Servant
Brig. Gen. Commanding
Citation: February 2, 1863, Letter from H. H. Sibley, Letters Received–District of Minnesota. Minnesota: Governor: Ramsey. Records. Minnesota Historical Society. State Archives. Minnesota Historical Society. [111.E.20.4F]