BRIGADIER GENERAL EDWARD A. WILD - AUTOGRAPH ENDORSEMENT SIGNED - HFSID 268102
EDWARD A. WILD Edward A. Wild signs a lengthy autograph endorsement for Lt. Col. Wead. Lengthy Autograph Endorsement signed: "Edw. A. Wild/Brig. Gen Vols", 1p, 3½x7½. No place, no date but circa 1863-1864. Obviously detached from a letter but complete in itself.
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EDWARD A. WILD
Edward A. Wild signs a lengthy autograph endorsement for Lt. Col. Wead.
Lengthy Autograph Endorsement signed: "Edw. A. Wild/Brig. Gen Vols", 1p, 3½x7½. No place, no date but circa 1863-1864. Obviously detached from a letter but complete in itself. Headed: "Complaint about Lt. Col. Wead's protecting house of Capt. Caffey. Endorsed thus." In full: "Approved and respectfully forwarded. At the very moment that Lt. Col. Wead was thus guarding and protecting the property and family of this guerrilla captain, - Captain Caffey himself, with as many of his men as he could collect, was in North Carolina, whither he had gone to assist the other guerrilla bands there in ambuscading my party and murdering as many of our men as he could. Is Lt. Col. Weed fighting for the South or for the North?" Wild has spelled the Lieutenant Colonel's names as "Wead" and "Weed"; we do not know which is correct. Edward A. Wild (1825-1891), a fervent abolitionist, recruited and organized regiments of Black troops after being named Brigadier General of Volunteers on April 24, 1863. In June 1863, the Union tapped a multitude of black North Carolinians as a source of military strength, and the first Regiment of North Carolina Colored Troops participated in their first duty on July 3, 1863. By October 10, 1863, three North Carolina Colored Regiments were back in New Bern after being stationed at Folly Island, South Carolina. Wild, who established his headquarters at Norfolk, took command of all the Colored troops in the area and commanded what was referred to as "Wild's African Brigade" until the close of the War. His troops, which he called "most reliable soldiers", engaged in an expedition to South Mills and Camden Court House, North Carolina (December 5-24, 1863), served picket duty on the Appomattox River and were part of the forces that occupied Richmond. In late 1863 and early 1864, Wild's Colored brigade was engaged in anti-guerrilla activity in North Carolina. His policy of striking at the guerrilla's by attacking their homes and property was controversial, as this endorsement suggests. Vertical fold near right edge lightly touches text. Slightly creased. Fine condition.
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