BRIGADIER GENERAL EDWARD DAVIS TOWNSEND - CLIPPED SIGNATURE - HFSID 206833
Sale Price $180.00
GENERAL EDWARD DAVIS TOWNSEND
Clipped signature of Union Civil War General Edward Davis Townsend on a small slip of ruled paper
Clipped signature: "E D Townsend/Adjutant General". Pencil notations on verso in unknown hand. 2x¾ ruled paper. Townsend (1817-1893) joined the Adjutant General's office in Washington, D. C. in 1861, serving under Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas. During the American Civil War, Townsend, who initiated the gathering of papers for the Official Records of the war, was the principal executive officer of the War Department, working closely with President Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. Townsend was brevetted Brigadier General on Sept. 24, 1864 and Major General in March 1865 (for "faithful, meritorious, and distinguished services in the adjutant-general's department during the rebellion."). After being promoted to Adjutant General of the Army in February of 1869, Townsend organized plans for a U. S. military prison, urging legislation on the subject and establishing the prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Lightly toned and soiled. Paper clip impression and rust stain at left edge, which touches signature. Irregular edges. Otherwise in fine condition.
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