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PIERCE, FRANKLIN, President. Autograph letter signed ("Frank Pierce") as Brigadier General, to Adjutant General Roger Jones, Concord, New Hampshire, 5 April 1847. 1 page, 4to, 230 x 190mm. (9 x 7 1/2 in.).

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PIERCE, FRANKLIN, President. Autograph letter signed ("Frank Pierce") as Brigadier General, to Adjutant General Roger Jones, Concord, New Hampshire, 5 April 1847. 1 page, 4to, 230 x 190mm. (9 x 7 1/2 in.).

A FUTURE PRESIDENT PREPARES TO GO TO WAR

Pierce had turned down President Polk's offer to become Attorney General, so that he could serve in the Army against Mexico. Here, he prepares for his brigade's departure: "...The reasons for the selection of Ft. Adams were convenience of location and capacity and arrangements for the accomodation of a larger number of troops than either of the other forts referred to when I was at Washington. The 9th Regiment is being filled rapidly altho' there has been some delay and inconvenience from the want of funds and clothing. I have thus far advanced the funds for the recruiting..." Pierce left for Mexico, commanding 2,500 men, a week after this letter.
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