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ENDORSED BY PRESIDENT, SECRETARY OF WAR, AND TOP GENERAL ABRAHAM LINCOLN. Autograph Endorsement Signed, "A. Lincoln," as President, written vertically on verso of a letter to him from his Postmaster General Montgomery Blair, suggesting that the requested additional forces be granted to Blair's brother Frank Preston Blair, Jr. Additionally endorsed by his Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, "Referred to Gen'l / in Chief / EMStanton / SecofWar / Nov 22," and by General Henry Halleck, "The organizing / of brigades & assignment / of regiments belongs / to the . . . Genl of / the Dept. I respectfully / decline to interfere. / Nov 22d / H.W. Halleck / Genl in Chief," written in the space after Lincoln's endorsement. Blair's letter, conveying the wish of Frank Blair to combine his brigade and other units with the forces of General [John Alexander] McClernand. 2 pages, 4to, with integral blank; loss to a few letters of Lincoln's text from worming along a fold, docketing in red and black ink above and below and left of endorsements. Washington, 17 November 1862. [Washington], 21 November 1862
"As I understand, Frank Blair has already been ordered to St. Helena, when, in due time, he is to join McClernand's expedition. If it can be done without inconvenience, I would be glad for him to have the additional forces mentioned within."
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