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- Collection, 1857, of letters of recommendation for Hamilton L. Shields for the post of superintendent of the U.S. Armory at Springfield, Massachusetts. The letters were written to John B. Floyd, Secretary of War, and President James Buchanan, on Shields behalf. Correspondents include Samuel T. Bayly, A. E. Church, Robert B.C. Howell, John Letcher, John Peck, Job Pierson, David L. Seymour, and Elijah Ward. Also includes Shields letter, 30 March 1857, to Secretary Floyd applying for the appointment, including a note from Winfield Scott attesting to Shields qualifications
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- Hamilton L. Shields was born in Norfolk, Virginia on 1 November 1823. He attended William and Mary College and West Point, graduating in 1846. He served in the Mexican American War and afterwards as Judge Advocate on the staff of Major-General John E. Wool. In 1859 he moved to New York, purchased land in Bennington, Vermont, and raised cattle. He died 23 November 1889 in Troy, New York.
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