Rare 1852 historical manuscript GENERAL JOHN WOLCOTT PHELPS Fort Brown TEXAS For Sale
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Rare 1852 historical manuscript GENERAL JOHN WOLCOTT PHELPS Fort Brown TEXAS:
Rare 1852 historical manuscript GENERAL JOHN WOLCOTT PHELPS Fort Brown TEXAS
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Wonderful hand written letter, historical manuscript, 6 x 10, unopened, with cover, 3 cent Franklin, BROWNSVILLE TEXAS cancel, wax seal on the back, excellent overall
By the hand of GENERAL JOHN WOLCOTT PHELPS sent to his sister HELEN H PHELPS in Philadelphia
while he was at FORT BROWN, BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (he served in Texas from 1851-1856, filibusterer era)
Touching contents, airing his frustration that he has not heard from his family in a long time "I HAVE NOT HEARD FROM YOU FOR A LONG TIME BUT ATTRIBUTE IT TO YOUR BEING TOO MUCH OCCUPIED TO WRITE, I DONT THINK I SHOULD THINK IT STRANGE WHEN NO ONE ELSE WRITES ME....THERE MUST BE SOMETHING VERY DISAGREEABLE IN MY LETTERS OR ELSE FOLKS WOULD ANSWER THEM.....I HOPE HOWEVER THAT IF YOU SHOULD NEED MY ASSISTANCE YOU WILL LET ME KNOW IT AT ONCE... I PICKED UP A LITTLE GIRL IN THE STREETS THE OTHER DAY, SOME OLD DEAD AND GONE SOLDIERS CHILD, AN ORPHAN , AND MADE ARRANGEMENTS FOR SENDING HER TO SCHOOL. SO, YOU WILL PERCEIVE THAT YOU MAY AS WELL BE THE SUBJECT OF MUCH BENEVOLENCE AS ANY ONE, EVER YOURS, WOL
John Wolcott Phelps (1813-1885) was born and died in Guilford, Vermont. In the seventy-two years between those events, he not only witnessed change, he also worked and sacrificed to create it. Following his 1836 graduation from the U.S. Military Academy, Lieutenant Phelps was given command of an artillery regiment and ordered to Florida Territory to take part in the Seminole War. He later served throughout the Mexican War under Zachary Taylor and Winfield Scott. In the late 1850s, Phelps was a member of the Utah Expedition. That expedition, the largest U.S. military exercise between the Mexican and Civil Wars, was sent to Utah to suppress a possible revolt from the state's large Mormon population.
At the outbreak of the Civil War, Phelps, an abolitionist, was quickly promoted to brigadier general and, while serving under General Benjamin Butler in early 1862, was instrumental in the capture of New Orleans and its environs. He was soon stationed seven miles outside the Southern city at Camp Parapet, which quickly became a refuge for fugitive slaves. After large numbers of slaves had arrived, Phelps organized the men into three regiments, drilled them, and asked General Butler to supply them with 3,000 muskets, 225 swords. Butler refused and ordered Phelps to enlist the fugitives in manual work, but Phelps refused and remained adamant in pressing the U.S. military into using former slaves as soldiers, not as unskilled labor. After Butler failed to act, Phelps resigned in disgust on August 21, 1862, the same day the Confederate government declared him an outlaw for his actions.
But thanks to Phelps' efforts and the course of the war, changes came quickly. Over the remaining months of 1862, President Lincoln's thinking -- propelled forward by men like Phelps -- changed so much that in his January 1863 Emancipation Proclamation, he not only freed Southern slaves, but he also made known intentions to enlist those freedmen in the U.S. military. Two years later in the spring of 1865, 179,000 black men were serving in the U.S. military.
Following his resignation, John Phelps retired to his Vermont home. In the 1880 presidential election, the American Party nominated the sixty-seven-year-old veteran, whose platform included justice for American Indians.
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