Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 6.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Appointment of Eliphalet N. Chester [1]

Executive Mansion, Washington, Feb. 2. 1863.

To-day Senator Doolittle, Mrs. Spaulding, and Col. Root, call and ask that Eliphalet Nott Chester, of Buffalo N.Y. 17 the 18th. of next July, be sent to West-Point. Two of his brothers have served in this war, (one of them still in the service) and he, as a private, has been through the battles of South-Mountain, Antietam, and Fredericksburg. Col. Root is his Col., and gives the strongest testimony, both as to his general worthiness, and his particular talent for Military matters.


[1]   AD, DNA WR RG 94, U.S. Military Academy, 1862, No. 55, Box 80. Private Eliphalet N. Chester of the Ninety-fourth New York Infantry, commanded by Colonel Adrian R. Root, entered West Point September 9, 1863, and graduated June 17, 1867. ``Mrs. Spaulding'' was probably the wife of U.S. Representative Elbridge G. Spaulding of Buffalo, New York.