Isaac H. Brown to Richard Yates

Title

Isaac H. Brown to Richard Yates

Publisher

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

Date

1862-07-17

Rights

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum holds all rights and permissions.

Format

pdf

Language

en

Identifier

502868

Transcription

Waverly, Ill

July 17th, 1862

Gov. Yates:

Dear Sir:

This will introduce to your Excellency George W. Rofs, Commissary Sargent of 32nd Regiment Ill Volunteers, and son of Col. John W. Rofs of the same Regiment, who fell at Shiloh. He was sent home, immediately after that battle, more dead than alive, with the prevailing disease of the camps. When Col. Logan was home George visited him and after stating his case was advised by the Colonel to apply for a discharge - the Colonel kindly promising to procure one for


for him, and telling him to remain at home in the meantime to recruit his health for some other employment. Assured in this manner, George felt virtually discharged, and gave himself no further uneasiness upon the subject; and as his health improved, proceed to lay his plans in a civic direction. Today, he is unexpectedly informed by letter that his presence is necessary to pass with the regiment, to be passed upon by the Brigade Surgeon, if unfit for service, or to take his place in the line. He nor his friends have the slightest objection to the stern behests of military rule; but George is poor, has not received any pay for a long time, and be


ing absent without a furlough is required to pay his way back to Tennessee. Your Excellency doubtless has discretionary power in these matters, and we appeal with confidence to one whose generosity to the soldier is proverbial in every Western camp. You were well acquainted with his father, whose heroic death was a fitting climax to a pure and patriotic life, and it will be needless for us to say how worthily any favor you show George will be bestowed.

With great respect,

[illegible] H. Brown

Asabel Coe

Robt McKee

John A. Crain

J.W. Caldwell

John C. McCoy


Transportation for Geo to Ross

[illegible] Ind. July 18

Status

Complete

Percent Completed

100

Weight

20

Original Format

4

Citation

“Isaac H. Brown to Richard Yates,” Chronicling Illinois, accessed April 6, 2020, http://chroniclingillinois.org/items/show/3841.