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The Medical Officer Serving with Col. Anderson in Fort Sumter, Samuel W. Crawford (later General at Gettysburg) Writes to New York concerning mail that he has not received
Fort Sumter is isolated! This letter actually written from Fort Sumter on March 21st, 1861, is all in the hand of Samuel W. Crawford, M.D.

“Dear Sir,

                     I have been informed that there is a letter to my address in your office. Will you be kind enough to enclose it to me at once. Postage stamp is enclosed.

Yours truly,
S. W. Crawford M.D.
U.S.A.”


On the reverse of Crawford’s note, the postmaster secretary has written this note,

“New York Post Office
March 25th, 1861
S. W. Crawford, M.D.
Surgeon, U.S. Army

Sir:
           There is no letter in this office for you, either need for postage or otherwise.

           I can assure you that no letter for you, or my friend, Maj. Anderson, or any other office at Fort Sumter would be detained, and that every man in this office would deem it a privilege to be allowed to pay the postage on such a letter.

Very Respectfully,
R. O. Morgan
Secretary”

Quite an amazing historical document. Fort Sumter would be fired on by the Confederacy just several weeks after this note was written.

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