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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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