William P. Rucker to Abraham Lincoln (1)
January 1, 1864

In this letter to President Abraham Lincoln, William P. Rucker declared his commitment to the Union and asked for a commission in the Union army. 

Marietta, Ohio
Jan[uar]y 1st 1864

His Excellency, President Lincoln,
Washington City

Dear Sir,

I have risked character, life, and property—and in the estimation of my former friends, I have damaged all—in support of the Union and the policies of the Government.

I earnestly desire, and respectfully request a Colonel’s commission; and orders to report to Genl. B. F. Kelly, commandant of Union forces in West Virginia.

I respectfully refer to Genls Fremont, Cox, and to Genl Hitchcock, who will do me the honor to deliver this letter to you in person.

With sentiments of the highest respect and regard I am, sir, very truly,

Your obt servt,
Wm P Rucker


William P. Rucker to Abraham Lincoln, January 1, 1864, Library of Congress