GENERAL JAMES S. NEGLEY AS A MEMBER OF THE U. S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND FOUR OTHER U. S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM PENNSYLVANIA SIGN A LETTER TO ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S FORMER SECRETARY OF WAR, SENATOR SIMON CAMERON, REGARDING AN APPOINTMENT FOR MEDAL OF HONOR WINNER LT. COL. JACOB GELLERT FRICK, SR., 8 X 10.5, 1 PG., 18 March 1869, on "House of Representatives, Fortieth Congress, U.S., Washington, D.C." letterhead, In part: "To the Hon. Senators from Penn - The undersigned, Republican Members of Congress from the state of Pennsylvania, have the honor to earnestly recommend Col. Jacob G. Frick, the candidate of the Grand Army of the Republic for Marshall of the Eastern District of Penn...." Signed by all five U. S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. In fine condition, with minor age toning and a few small stains.
General James Scott Negley (1826-1901), "Jas. S. Negley", was an American Civil War General, farmer, railroader, and U.S. Representative from the state of Pennsylvania. He played a key role in the Union victory at the Battle of Stones River and commanded his division during the Tullahoma Campaign and the Battle of Chickamauga. In 1877, during the Pittsburgh Railway Riots, Negley served as commander of the militia organized by the city of Pittsburgh to maintain order in the city.
William Hepburn Armstrong (1824 –1919), "Wm. H. Armstrong", was an American lawyer and politician from Pennsylvania who was a delegate who nominated Abraham Lincoln for the presidency and served as a Republican member of the U. S. House of Representatives for Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district from 1869 to 1871. He declined the office of commissioner of Indian affairs tendered by President Ulysses S. Grant. He served as commissioner of railroads from 1882 to 1885.
Daniel Johnson Morrell (1821-85), "D. J. Morrell", was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. Morrell became a member of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, site of the South Fork Dam, which formed Lake Conemaugh, in order to keep a watchful eye on the dam under its stewardship, and campaigned to club officials, especially to its founder, Benjamin Franklin Ruff, regarding the safety of the dam. The failure of that dam eventually caused the great Johnstown Flood of May 31, 1889, which killed more than 2,200 people, and was then the largest disaster in U.S. history. Morrell insisted on inspections of the dam's breastwork both by his own engineers and those of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Morrell's warnings went unheeded, and his offer to effect repairs, partially at his own expense, was rejected by club president, Benjamin F. Ruff (who died two years prior to the flood). Morrell died four years before the Johnstown Flood.
Henry Lutz Cake (1827-99), "H. L. Cake", was a coal miner and Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania (1867-70).
Darwin Phelps (1807-79), "D. Phelps", was a lawyer and Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.
Lieutenant Colonel Jacob Gellert Frick Sr. (1825-1902) was a United States infantry officer who fought with several Union Army regiments during the American Civil War, including as lieutenant colonel of the 96th Pennsylvania Infantry and as colonel of the 129th Pennsylvania Infantry. He received his nation's highest award for valor, the U.S. Medal of Honor, for his gallantry during the battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, Virginia. Grabbing the American flag from his regiment's color-bearer at Fredericksburg on December 13, 1862, he inspired his men to move forward "through a terrible fire of cannon and musketry"; at Chancellorsville, he personally engaged in hand-to-hand combat on May 3, 1863 to retrieve his regiment's flag which had been captured by the enemy. After the war, Frick returned to Pottsville, Pennsylvania where, during the 1880s, he served as a deputy collector for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.