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Autograph Letter Signed concerning his son George B. Hoffman joining the Rough Riders
Somerville, New Jersey, 1898. Near Fine. Two page (both sides of a single leaf) Autograph Letter Signed by Cornelius S. Hoffman on his stationary as a line sales agent at Somerville, N.J. for the Leheigh & Wilkesbarre Coal Co's. Old folds from mailing, a little age-toning else near fine, with the envelope present, Possibly to a relative who is identified on the envelope as John Hulse. The letter is easily readable, Hoffman begins concerning his son: "I will write you a few lines to tell you George has gone to war. Went to Tampa Florida two weeks ago today and enlisted with Roosevelt's Calvary of Rough Riders. Last Saturday the Secy. of War ordered him to Wyoming to help recruit the 2nd U.S. Calvary. He will no doubt be made an officer in time, perhaps soon." He further enlists his correspondent to help sell his sloop which is docked in Red Bank and notes: "D.K. takes George's place on the road selling coal."Additional sources note that George B. Hoffman, who spent some time in Wyoming before the War, where he met Roosevelt on a hunting trip. Hoffman did indeed serve in the Rough Riders, probably as a Sergeant. Right after the War Hoffman settled in Wyoming and he shows up in various resources as a rancher, oil man, salesman, and in various other professions. He reenlisted and served on the Mexican border In 1916. In 1917 he married Martha Post, the State Law Librarian of Wyoming and left soon after to serve as an officer in WWI Hoffman and Post were divorced in 1923 and Post became a traveling law bookseller in the West.An interesting contemporary notice of the Rough Riders and of one of the roughed Westerner (albeit, in this case, from New Jersey) who Roosevelt went out of his way to recruit.
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