Wounded Veteran Gets a Presidential Favor

October 9, 1862

Most folks who came to the White House could get President Lincoln’s attention and if he deemed their request worthy, get a favor.  Today, President Lincoln writes Quartermaster General Montgomery Meigs: “The bearer of this, Elbridge Meconkey, was on Gen. Mc.Call’s staff, and was wounded at Gaines’ Mill. He now wishes to be a Quarter-Master; and I would like to appoint him, if another Q.M. is now needed.”   Receiving a positive response from General Meigs, President Lincoln would the next day order: “Let Elbridge Meconkey be appointed at once. “

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