BRIGADIER GENERAL JAMES V. BOMFORD - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 01/10/1868 - HFSID 101516
GENERAL JAMES V. BOMFORD
James V. Bomford signed this manuscript letter to a Washington, D. C.
auditor as commander of the 8th Infantry regiment in 1868. It accompanied a list
of deceased soldiers. Bomford was a Union officer during the American Civil War
and brevetted a brigadier general at war's end.
Manuscript letter signed "JV Bomford." as a colonel
commanding the 8th U. S. Infantry. Black ink and lead pencil
notations on verso in unknown hand. 1 page, 7½x9¾, on ruled stationery from
Headquarters of the 8th U. S. Infantry. Raleigh, North Carolina, Jan. 10,
1868. Addressed to 2nd Auditor, Washington, D. C. In full: "Sir I
have the honor to forward herewith Quarterly return of deceased soldiers. 8th
U.S.I. for 4 Quarter 1867. I am Sir Very Respectfully Your Obt. servant".
Bomford (1811-1892) was the son of Colonel George Bomford, Chief of
Ordnance for the U. S. Army. He had almost 29 years in the Army, service
in the Second Seminole War (1837-1838) and two brevets from the War with
Mexico (he was reportedly the first to plant the American flag on the
citadel at Ciudad de Mexico) by the time the American Civil War broke out. A
major at Fort Davis in Texas when when Fort Sumter surrendered, he was a
prisoner of war from May 9, 1861 to April 9, 1862. Bomford returned to
the Union army after being released and served as Major General Alexander
McDowell McCook's chief of staff. He was badly wounded and left for dead at
the Battle of Perryville (Oct. 8, 1862) and was given posts behind the lines
after that. Bomford ended the war with as a brevetted brigadier general and
retired from the Army in 1874. Lightly toned. Discoloration at top right
corner, which touches manuscript writing but not signature. Show-through from
black ink notations on verso touches manuscript writing but not signature.
Lightly creased top left corner. Random ink stains. Folded twice and
unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.
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