5 1/4 x 8, imprinted form filled out in ink.
United States Military Telegraph
By Telegraph from Hd. Qrs. A.[rmy] of Ja[me]s
Dated Jan. 9, 1864
To Lieut. Trent
Please send by telegraph a report of operations on your line for last week. I merely want a general idea of what has been done.
Lt. & Acting Chf. Engr.
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William R. King, graduated 5th in the West Point class of 1859. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant of engineers on June 11, 1863; captain on December 31, 1865; major on March 4, 1879; lieutenant colonel on July 23, 1888; and he died on May 18, 1898.
During the Civil War he received promotion to rank of brevet captain on December 1, 1864, for gallantry and distinguished service during the 1864 campaign in North Carolina; and brevet major on April 9, 1865, for gallant conduct in the field.