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Bolton, H. (fl. 1860) to Capt. Paul J. Semmes

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00572.11 Author/Creator: Bolton, H. (fl. 1860) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 3 August 1860 Pagination: 2 p. ; 20 x 16 cm.

Writes that he saw Semmes's letter to the New York Herald editor dated 23 July and published on 30 July 1860 in which he offered a copy of the rules written for the Columbus Guard to Captain Ellsworth. Elmer Ellsworth, the founder of the Chicago Zouaves, was a close friend of Abraham Lincoln and his family. On May 24, 1861, the day after Virginia voted to secede from the Union, Ellsworth led his New York Zouave regiment into Alexandria. He was shot to death after cutting down a large Confederate flag flying in that city, making him the Union's earliest martyr. Asks if Semmes could also send him a copy.

3rd August 1860 New York
Capt. Paul J. Semmes
In your letter to the Editor of the New York Herald, dated 23rd July and published in that paper on the 30th, you say you will present Capt. Ellsworth commanding the Chicago Zouaves, with a copy of the rules written for the Columbus Guard by yourself, and al.tho I am in no form or manner connected with the Zouaves, I should esteem it as a favour, if you could conveniently furnish me with a copy of said rules - my address is Care of Edmon Blankman Esq. Counselor-at-Law, 7 Beekman St.
1 remain, Sir,
Yours respectfully

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