Application Response – Charles H. Eager, 31 May 1861


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Letter written by A.G. Browne Jr., Military Secretary to the Commander in Chief, to Captain Charles H. Eager, Company B, 15th MA Infantry, from Boston, MA. Browne is responding to an application from Eager regarding a military commission. Browne writes that all applications will be filed and considered impartially, based on merit and the number of vacancies at the time.

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     Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 Executive Department

 Boston, May 31, 1861        

Dear Sir:

     It is impossible to hold out “any encouragement” concerning any military appointment to any person, beyond an assurance that his papers may be placed on file in this department and shall be examined and decided upon impartially with due consideration of the merit they exhibit, and of the condition of the vacancies existing at the time. If

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after examining the papers a personal interview shall be desirable, it is the custom of business in this Dept. to notify the applicant to that effect.

     It is impossible to decide on any one application individually or at once, because the object to be obtained is to secure what on the whole, all things considered, are the

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best appointments, which can only be done by considering together simultaneously a number of various applications.

                             Yours respectfully,

                                A. G. Browne jr.

                              Military Secretary to the

                              Commander in Chief

Chas. H. Eager Esq.

Charles H. Eager, a hardware dealer from Fitchburg, MA was appointed 2nd lieutenant of Co. B, 15th MA Infantry on August 1, 1861, at the age of 31. He was subsequently promoted to 1st lieutenant, May 11, 1862; and captain, October 15, 1862. He was a regimental quartermaster, and commanded the regiment from November 27, 1863 to January 1864. His resignation was announced February 4, 1864. He served at Ball’s Bluff, Antietam, and Gettysburg, among others.