1863 Autograph Letter - Jenyns Charles Battersly

First New York Cavalry - "Lincoln Cavalry"

Jenyns Charles Battersly - (1819-1899) enlisted at the age of 42 as lst Lieut. and Adjutant of the NY 1st Cavalry, 7/19/61. Promotions: Capt. 4/1/1864 (Co. B); Major 12/13/1864; Lt. Col. 1/14/1865. POW 10/2/1862 Blue Gap, VA, paroled 11/15/1862. Mustered out 6/27/1865, Alexandria, VA.

ALS, "JC Battersly", Captain, 1st NY Cavalry, March 18, 1863, 238 West 20th St., NY. 4pp., appx. 5" x 7.25 [folded sheet], ink. The letter was written to Sergeant Deane [?]

"Regarding your promotion, I regret exceedingly that my influence with 'the powers that be', would not warrant me in writing in your behalf.

Genl. & Mrs. McClellan called on me during my absence, and left their cards. Had I been at home, and he in power , I could have asked him for a letter to some office in command."

"I can cheerfully say that during the several months I commanded your company, in which you were first sergeant, you were chosen by myself to take charge of the squad of pistol men who were kept in readiness for secret service , when coolness, courage & bravery were necessary to carry out the objects of the expedition."

Battersly notes that he if he's ever promoted, "let me know if you require a lift."

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