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The Henry B. Atherton Collection

Letters written by Captain H. B. Atherton to Governor Fairbanks and Adjutant General Washburn regarding assignments.

Cavendish, Vermont, ----- 1862 ?

To: Governor Holbrook

From: Henry B. Atherton [Henry's handwritten copy of this letter on brown paper]

Governor Holbrook, Dear Sir: I have just been requested by D. D. Wheeler, who was until quite recently, my 2nd Lieutenant, but now his 1st Lieutenant of Company "E" of our regiment to mention his name to your excellency in relative to the Adjutant of the 9th Vermont Regiment now being raised. It gives me pleasure to be able to state that I know him to be a very efficient officer. He possesses an excellent voice and commanderyform and it is my opinion every way competent for the place. Lieutenant Wheeler is a nephew of General Davis. I have heard indirectly that the 10th Regiment will probably not be raised at present and though Captain Pelton has declined the Majority of the 9th, if such be the case, I would like to renew my application for the Majority. Very Respectfully your obedient servant, H. B. Atherton, Captain Co. "C", 4th Vermont.

Cavendish, Vermont, ----- 1862 ?

To: General Peter T. Washburn

From: Henry B. Atherton

General P. T. Washburn, Sir: I had the honor last week to make application to His Excellency Governor Holbrook for the Majority of the 9th Regiment, but was informed that it had already been tendered to Captain Pelton. I thereupon made a formal application for the Direct Colonelcy of the 10th. I have since been informed that the 10th would probably not be raised at present and that Captain Pelton had declined accepting the office. If that is the case, I would most respectfully renew my application for the vacant Majority and solicit your assistance in the matter, if you can consistentlygrant it.

In regard to my qualifications for the place, I would refer you to the field officers of the 4th Vermont, Lieutenant Colonel Connor of the 7th Maine, Major Seaver and Lieutenant Colonel Veazey of the 3rd Vermont (now in command of the 5th), and Major Proctor of the 5th, now at home. Very Respectfully Your obedient servant, H. B. Atherton, Captain, Company "C", 4th Vermont Regiment.

This document is from the Henry B. Atherton Collection, contributed by Linda M. Welch, genealogist and historian of southern Windsor County, Vermont towns. She has many more of these letters and is planning to publish a book in the near future which will include them all."