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Collection Reference Number GLC02382.099
From Archive Folder Collection of Henry Jackson Hunt 
Title Margaret Worth to Henry Jackson Hunt regarding mutual acquaintances
Date 7 February 1865
Author Worth, Margaret (b. 1828)  
Recipient Hunt, Henry Jackson  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Signed "M. S. Worth." Discusses General Scott's charge, possibly referring to an advance during the Mexican American War which involved General Winfield Scott and her father General William Jenkins Worth. Remarks "I remember how fully it was my Fathers purpose to leave a record of events in justification, first, of his Division, & then of himself, when death removed him from the scene of his usefulness, as well as trials... history may place my Father's name & character where it deserves to be." Calls Hitchcock a "snake in the grass" (possibly referring to Ethan Allen Hitchcock, who had served as an inspector-general on Scott's staff during the Mexican American War). Notes that Hitchcock will soon publish memoirs. Says that her mother has saved papers pertaining to her father since his death, and wishes Hunt could visit Albany. (Refer to GLC02382.080) William Jenkins Worth served in the War of 1812, and was a General in the Mexican American War.
Subjects Women's History  Military History  Mexican War  Latin and South America  Global History and Civics  Literature and Language Arts  Death  
People Hunt, Henry Jackson (1819-1889)  Worth, Margaret (b. 1828)  Worth, William Jenkins (1794-1849)  Scott, Winfield (1786-1866)  Worth, Margaret Stafford (1799-1869)  
Place written Albany, New York
Theme The Mexican War; Arts & Literature
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Additional Information Folder information: Henry Jackson Hunt was Chief of the Artillery in the Army of the Potomac. Considered by his contemporaries the greatest artillery tactician and strategist of the war, he was a master of the science of gunnery and rewrote the manual on the organization and the use of artillery in early modern armies: Instruction for field artillery. Prepared by a board of artillery officers, consisting of Captain Wm. H. French...Captain Wm. F. Barry...Captain H.J. Hunt...To which is added The evolutions of batteries, tr. from the French by Brigadier General R. Anderson (New York, D. Van Nostrand, 1864). Hunt was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Samuel Wellington Hunt, a career infantry officer. As a child he accompanied his father in 1827 to the Kansas Territory on an expedition to found Fort Leavenworth. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1839 as second lieutenant in the 2nd U.S. Artillery. He served in the Mexican War where he was elevated to captain and major. Hunt received attention when in the First Battle of Bull Run in 1861, his four-gun battery covered the retreat of a Union force with an artillery duel. He soon afterword became the chief of artillery in defense of Washington, D.C. As a colonel on the staff of McClellan, he organized and trained the artillery reserve and fought in the Peninsular Campaign. His keen work influenced battles at Malvern Hill, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. His most famous service occurred at Gettysburg. He served in Virginia through the end of the war. Following the Civil War, Hunt held various military posts. He served as president of the permanent Artillery Board. He also served at Fort Sullivan, Eastport, Maine (1868), Fort Adams, Newport, Rhode Island (1869-1872 definitely, and possibly until 1874), military commander at Charleston, South Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia (1875-1880), commander, Department of the South (1880-1883), and as Governor of the Soldier's Home in Washington D.C. (1883-1889). Hunt had served as Chief of Artillery for the Army of the Potomac. After the Civil War, he occupied various military posts. William Jenkins Worth served in the War of 1812, and was a General in the Mexican American War.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945