To William Dennison 
Mr. Washburne has presented me all the papers in this case; and finding Mrs. Bushnell as well recommended as any other, & she being the widow of a soldier who fell in battle for the Union, let her be appointed. A. LINCOLN
Feb. 6. 1865
 ALS, owned by Mrs. Karl Wentsel, Sterling, Illinois. Mrs. Emily J.C. Bushnell, widow of Major Douglas R. Bushnell, Thirteenth Illinois Volunteers, whoPage 262
was killed on November 27, 1863, at the battle of Ringgold, Georgia, was appointed postmaster at Sterling, Illinois, to succeed L. K. Hawthorn (U.S. Official Register,1865).