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Allen, Charles Herbert (1848-1934) to John G. Walker

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03804.29 Author/Creator: Allen, Charles Herbert (1848-1934) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Typed letter signed Date: 3 September 1898 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Typed letter on office letterhead of the Secretary of the Navy John D. Long. Written by Allen as Assistant Secretary of the Navy (on the letter his title is noted as "Acting Secretary") to Walker as a retired Rear Admiral. Asks Walker to proceed to Buffalo, New York for special temporary duty in connection to assignment as a Senior Member of the Niagara River Bridge Commission. Is authorized to preform necessary travel around Buffalo. Must keep a memorandum of the travel and submit it for approval to the War Department from time to time. After his duties are up, he is ordered to return to Washington and resume his "present duties." Stamp on verso from the U.S. Navy Pay Office says he received $70.72 for his mileage between Washington and Buffalo on 22 September 1898.

People: Walker, John

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Keywords/Subjects: Mississippi, Union General, Navy, Government and Civics, Infrastructure, Travel, Soldier's Pay, Finance

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