General John Buford

Washington D.C.
December 16th, 1863

Sir,

    I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the letter of the Secretary of War of December 5th 1863 appointing me Major General of Volunteers to date from the 1st day of July 1863 and to transmit herewith my "Oath of Office".

(As you can see this letter was written for John by Capt. A. J. Alexander and signed by same.  There are some words that I cannot read so I did not include it here.)

Winesss:

E. N. Summer
Capt. 1st U. S. Calvary
M. W. Krogh
Capt U.S. C.(not sure of this)

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