Letter written by Captain Hunter Brooke, staff officer to Brigadier General Robert L. McCook, U. S. V., to Thomas J. Fales, secretary of Colt Firearms Company. Brooke is ordering a pistol and accessories from the company after having survived an attack by Confederates while traveling with McCook in August.
Head-Quarters, Department of the Cumberland
May 15th, 1863
Thomas J. Fales,
I would be pleased to have one of your pistols with implements and cartridges complete, price $25, as you will remember was my choice today.
I am exceedingly obliged to you for the pistol you presented to me.
Yours very truly,
Capt. & Judge Advocate
Captain Brooke and Brigadier General McCook were riding in an open carriage near New Market, AL, on August 5th, 1862, when they were attacked by pistol shots from Confederate Cavalry under Captain J. M. Hambrick, 4th AL Cavalry. Brooke was unarmed and McCook was mortally wounded. Following this attack, Major General William Rosencrans ordered small arms to be carried by all officers while traveling.