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Boker, George H. (George Henry) (1823-1890) to David Bell Birney

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02608.02 Author/Creator: Boker, George H. (George Henry) (1823-1890) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 6 March 1863 Pagination: 3 p. ; 18.6 x 12 cm.

Summary of Content: Boker, Secretary of Philadelphia's Union League, thanks General Birney for the flag of General Philip Kearny, recently donated to the League (refer to GLC02608.01). Declares "I never before was so thoroughly impressed with my incompetency to perform any duty that was allotted to me. If you could have been present at the Solemn Silence which fell on all lips, as I reverently unrolled that war-worn standard ... you would understand how poorly mere words can convey the feeling which it inspired." Thanks Birney for the "treasure which I know that you esteem above all other symbols save that of our nationality." States that if Birney or any of his staff members travel to Philadelphia, they are welcome at the Union League.

Background Information: Boker was a noted author, playwright, and poet. He was instrumental in founding the Union Club, which eventually became the Union League of Philadelphia, established to raise funds and encourage ...military enlistment. During the 1870s, Boker served as minister to Turkey and Russia.See More

People: Birney, David Bell, 1825-1864
Boker, George Henry, 1823-1890
Kearny, Philip, 1815-1862

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesUnion GeneralBattleGiftAmerican Symbols and SealsDeathAmerican FlagPatriotism

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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