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Scammon, Eliakim Parker (1816-1894) to Jacob Cox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01906 Author/Creator: Scammon, Eliakim Parker (1816-1894) Place Written: Fayetteville, West Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 26 March 1862 Pagination: 1 p. ; 21 x 13 cm.

Writes to General Cox in Charleston, Virginia to report that the enemy is in front of Raleigh and gives details of their locations and the number of men. States, "Lieut Col. Rutherford B. Hayes from this information thinks our force with that of Gauley could go to R.R. [railroad] and hold it." Penciled note at bottom states "I think so too."

Scammon was commissioned colonel of the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry in June 1861. He was promoted to brigadier general October 15, 1862 and commanded the District of Kanawha until February 3, 1864 when he was captured and held as a prisoner of war until August 3, 1864. In the last months of the war, he commanded the District of Florida.

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