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Chester A. Arthur
Chester A. Arthur Seeks to Raise 25,000 Additional New York State Troops for Service in the Civil War As chief aide to Governor Morgan, he advises that expenditures for this must be approved by U.S. Secretary of War, Edwin M.. Stanton
31/07/1861. Chester A. Arthur was much admired by New York Governor Edwin Morgan. Arthur was made Engineer in Chief of the New York Militia and held that post when the Civil War broke out. In April 1862 was appointed Inspector General succeeding Marsena R. Patrick, who left for active service. Patrick’s brigade would soon see action at Antietam. In July 1862 Morgan appointed Arthur Quartermaster General succeeding Cuyler Van Vechten who in turn succeeded him as Inspector General.During this time Arthur was with Morgan when they traveled in the South in the Spring of 1862 to inspect New York troops. Arthur transferred his department's headquarters to New York City. He improved the enlistment procedure and treatment of recruits by establishing district camps. All new recruits immediately received uniforms and were introduced to discipline. Quartermasters were assigned to all regiments, and were required to come to New York City to receive instruction in the technicalities of their position. In 1871 Governor Morgan would recall: ""During the first two years of the Rebellion he was my chief reliance in the duties of equipping and transporting of troops and munitions of war. In the position of Quartermaster General he displayed not only executive ability and unbending integrity, but great knowledge of Army regulations.""In the last four months of 1862 Arthur and his department completely clothed, and equipped, over seventy regimental-sized units.Letter Signed, on letterhead of the State of New York Quartermaster General’s Department, 2 pages, New York, July 31, 1861, to Ins … [Click Below for Full Description]
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