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Letter signed R.A. Phelan, St. Louis, Mo., to Brigadier General W.K. Strong, December 9, 1863

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Identifier: D06004

Title: Letter signed R.A. Phelan, St. Louis, Mo., to Brigadier General W.K. Strong, December 9, 1863


Expresses his regret in response to Strong’s resignation from the army.

Transcription: Dec 9th 1863


I have the honor to inclose you herewith copies of the orders called for in your communication of the 2nd instant. You ask for one, but two bear on the case, hence I send two.

I deeply regret that you found sufficient course to induce you to sever your connection with the army at this time, but it is a step which was not wholly unlooked for by me; and unless things take a different course, and assume quite a different aspect from that indicated by present circumstances, many other gentlemen whose hearts bleed for their country’s cause, will follow in your footsteps.

I have, more than any other, been an eye-witness to your zealous exertions from the very earlies dawn of this shameful rebellion to the present time forsaking the comforts of an enviable home, the attentions and soothing pastimes of a highly endeared and intelligent family, and have always been struck with admiration at your close attention to business, the gigantic efforts you at all times made to push forward the interests of the cause, and your kindly and gentlemanly forbearance towards all even under the most trying of circumstances.

I repeat again my sorrow for your departure from amongst us first for the sake of the country and next, because I have lost in you my best of friends.

With many kind wishes for yourself and family with lasting esteem and regard.

I have the honor to remain, General,

Most Respectfully

Your Very Obt. Servt.

R.A. Phelan[Richard A. Phelan]

To Brig. Genl W.K. Strong[William K. Strong]

No. 54. Pine Street

N.York City

New York

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
St Louis

Dates: 1863-12-09

Type(s): Letter

Maker/Creator: Phelan, R. A.

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Armed Forces


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