Friday, December 2, 2016

Joseph E. Johnston to President Rutherford B. Hayes, November 19, 1877

[Joseph E. Johnston at Richmond, Virginia, to President Rutherford B. Hayes at Washington City, November 19, 1877, folder 451, Trigg-Floyd Collection, Special Collections, John Cook Wyllie Library, The University of Virginia's College at Wise (formerly Clinch Valley College), Wise, Virginia. This is my rough transcription.]

Richmond, Novr. 19th 1877
To His Excellency the President


My Nephew Joseph Beverly Johnston, son of the Va Senator, is an applicant for a lieutenancy in the U.S. Army. He is, I think, extremely well adapted in mind and body, for the profession. Having good capacity carefully improved by education, with excellent religious and moral training, is above the middle size, of strong constitution and athletic person, and a fine horseman.

I respectfully join in his application. In an earnest desire that he may serve our country as two of his great grandfathers did in the revolution (one gave his life) and a grand uncle in the subsequent war with Great Britain.

Most respectfully
Your ob't ser't
J. E. Johnston  

[Joseph Eggleston Johnston (1807-1891)
Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-1893), US President, 1877-1881
Joseph Beverly Johnston (1859-1943)
The Virginia Senator = John Warfield Johnston (1818-1889)]

[Many thanks to William Myers, Mary Davy and Sally Young for their ongoing research collaboration.]

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