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INV-21771 DANIEL RUGGLES Letter Signed, to Major James R. Crenshaw. Fredericksburg, Va., May 8, 1861. 2 pp., 7 x 9 in. Docketed on verso of integral blank. 1861-05-08

Ruggles, a brigadier general in the provisional state army, writes to the Commissary General of Volunteer Forces in Richmond, authorizing supplies to be purchased for the use of his volunteer unit in northern Virginia by Captain Seth French. His letter anticipates the U.S. threat to the state batteries at Aquia Creek, which were attacked later that month, on May 29. “The bearer of this communication Capt Seth B. French asst commissary of subsistence at this Head Quarters will explain to you in detail the operations in his department … I deem it proper to remark that purchases made by him are in accordance with my instructions in anticipation of the wants of the Forces authorised to be assembled here…”

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