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MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM W. ALLEN - MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT SIGNED 04/18/1865 CO-SIGNED BY: COLONEL D. T. BLAKELY - HFSID 290451

 

WILLIAM WIRT ALLEN
Fighting on after Lee's surrender at Appomattox, Allen endorses the discharge paper of a Confederate soldier. War-dated Confederate signatures from so late in the conflict are very rare.
Autograph Endorsement signed: Headquarters Allen Cavalry/April 18/65/Approved &forwarded./Wm. W. Allen/Brig. Gen. Comdg", 2 pages, 8x10½. Signed on verso of a manuscript document, a Certificate of Disability for Discharge issued to Private W. A. Lipscomb of the 3rd Alabama. Subordinate endorsements include that of the brigade commander, Col. D. T. Blakely. The chain of endorsements ends with Allen, presumably because there remained no higher Confederate army authority. WILLIAM WIRT ALLEN (1835-1894) graduated from Princeton and studied law, but chose to manage his family's Alabama plantation. He served the Confederacy throughout the Civil War, rising in rank from lieutenant, to major general. Allen fought at Shiloh and was wounded at Perryville and Murfreesboro. He commanded a brigade, later expanded to a division, under General Wheeler in the defense of Atlanta, and resisting Sherman's march to the sea. Robert E. Lee had surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox on April 9, 1865, and General Joseph Johnston was negotiating the surrender of the even larger army in North Carolina even as Allen signed this endorsement, finally laying down arms on April 26. But Allen's cavalry fought on until May 3, one of the last Confederate forces still in the field, finally capitulating at Salisbury, North Carolina. After the war, Allen resumed his life as a planter, but also served as Alabama's Adjutant General and was appointed a US Marshall by President Cleveland. Order of Battle records confirm that Colonel D. T. Blakely led a regiment and then a brigade under Allen in the Army of Tennessee, but no further biographic information is readily available. Horizontal folds with wear holes and staining. Edges chipped. Dozens of small "burn" holes scattered over entire piece. 1½x1 irregular section missing at right edge 3" from lower corner. Stained and foxed.


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MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM W. ALLEN

Died: Circa 1894



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