1867 DATED UNION VETERAN LETTER—PRIVATE JULIUS AUGUR, 15TH & 7TH CONNECTICUT INFANTRY

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Dated “Tremont House, Quincy, Ill, June 23, 1867.” Addressed to my “Respected Daughter.” 4 pp. in ink on lined letterhead paper, 5” x 8.  Exhibits fold-marks & slight ears along fold-lines. Else VG.

Julius Augur was a native of Durham, CT, who enlisted as a private and was mustered into Co. “C”, 15th CT Infantry, 8/8/1862. He was discharged for disability, 2/4/2863, and re-enlisted in the 7th CT. Infantry, 12/31/1863m, and was mustered out, 7/20/ 1865.

In this postwar letter, former Private Augur has just been informed of his daughter’s pregnancy and writes her in the following terms, citing General Grant. As follows:

“When at Springfield I heard glorious news of you and such as I feel an especial interest in, as it may make me a Grandfather. I ought to have known of it before. I hope it is not now to late to inform you that we have been through a terrible war in which a great many males lost their lives, and General Grant issued the order that if any of the survivors of the Grand Army of the Republic had children by their wives during the 1866, 7 & 8 they must all be Boys.

Now I do hope you have acted in conformity to the general order and if I am not to late my dear Madam, allow me to say by way of an endearment If you will bless my son with a Boy I shall be happy to present you with 5 dollars…”

A hilarious letter from a Connecticut veteran to his pregnant daughter-in-law. In fact, in the annals of Army of the Republic correspondence, probably a one-of-a-kind letter. In protective sleeve. [JP/LD]  [ph:L]

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