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Franklin County: W. Maxwell to Thaddeus Stevens, August 9, 1863

Requests an appointment in the army for his son who had been honorably discharged after an injury.

Thaddeus Stevens

Aug 9th 1863

Mercer Pa

Hon T Stevens
Dear Sir

Please excuse me for troubling you and my application must be my apology.

My son Capt Ralph Maxwell was elected Capt of Company F 57th Regt P. V. on 16th Septr 1861 - and march with his company & Regt thro' the Peninsular campaign under M'Lellan was in all [unclear: those] battles also Bull Run under Pope & Fredericksburg under Burnside - after Burnside's second advance his limbs became ulcered & was unfit for duty for a long time

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and last spring was honorably discharged for disability - He has now got well & we have applied for a commifsion in the Regular army for him - There is on file in the War department a recommendation signed by all the members of the Senate of Pennsylvania & letters has been sent to the President by Col Campbell who commended the Regiment highly endorsing him and asking for a commifsion for him also by Govr Curtin- [unclear: Hon I lh Morehead, T Melleary A Myers Genl Howe - Hon John Covach, I W Wallace & W Stewart.]

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Will you do me the favor to use you influence with President & Secretary of War to urge the appointment of him to at least a [unclear: Lieutenary] in the Regular army. He is [unclear: brave] - a good soldier & well [illeg.] officer.

I should say to you, that on the first alarm of secesfsion I took my stand in favor of the Union & the Government & know no party but the one in opposition to Rebellion and all the fault I have with the government is that they are not [illeg.] enough with the Rebels in the South & Coperheads in the North. If you have time please

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let me hear from you.

Yours with

W. Maxwell

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