As Superintendent of Recruiting during the Civil War, he signs a manuscript
document reassigning three Union officers.
Manuscript Document signed: "G. Loomis/G. of 5 Inf/Sup. Recruiting". 1
page, 7¾x9½. Headquarters Recruiting Service, Fort Columbus [Governor's
Island, New York], 1862 March 29. Special Order #47, manuscript copy
directed to Lt. J. M. Brown of the 7th Infantry, reassigning him and two other
officers to new duties. Gustavus Loomis (1789-1872) graduated from the US
Military Academy in 1811. He served as a lieutenant of artillery in the War
of 1812, captured by the British at Fort Niagara. He saw combat again in
the Black Hawk War and two wars against the Seminoles, and commanded re-supply
columns in Mexico during the war with that nation. While commanding the
peacetime garrison at Fort Gibson (1847), in what is now northeastern Oklahoma,
he was subject of complaints to the War Department from residents of Arkansas
that he was "teaching negroes in a slave state to read - and possibly to write."
During the Civil War, Loomis was Superintendent of Recruiting
(1861-1864), stationed at Fort Columbus, the same post where he had begun
his military service in 1811. He retired in 1865 as a Major General. Horizontal
folds, not at signature. Lightly soiled. Otherwise, fine
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BRIGADIER GENERAL GUSTAVUS LOOMIS
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