BRIGADIER GENERAL HENRY MARTYN CIST - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/10/1888 - HFSID 3698
BRIGADIER GENERAL HENRY MARTYN CIST As Corresponding Secretary of the Society of the Army of the Cumberland, an army he chronicled extensively, he sends the wording for the plate on the Society's statue honoring President Garfield. Autograph Letter signed: "Henry M. Cist", 1 page, 7¾10¼.
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BRIGADIER GENERAL HENRY MARTYN CIST
As Corresponding Secretary of the Society of the Army of the Cumberland, an army he chronicled extensively, he sends the wording for the plate on the Society's statue honoring President Garfield.
Autograph Letter signed: "Henry M. Cist", 1 page, 7¾10¼. Cincinnati, 1888 February 10. On his letterhead as Corresponding Secretary, Society of the Army of the Cumberland to "J. C. Buttre [?], in full: "I am just in receipt of a letter from Mr. Ward asking me at once to send you the lettering for the plate. I presume that the following would answer. Statue of Garfield. James A. Garfield/President of the United States/Erected in Washington, D.C./By the Society of the Army/of the Cumberland/May 12th 1887. Mr. Ward has promised to sign the proofs when ready, so please give him the chance. Very truly yours". Ink note (unknown hand) in left margin specifies details about the proofs mentioned in the letter. Henry Martyn Cist (1839-1902) enlisted in the Union Army as a private in1861, and rose to the brevet rank of brigadier general by war's end. He served on the staffs of General William Rosecrans and George Thomas, and would write a biography of the latter. When he wrote this letter, he had already served 20 years as Corresponding Secretary of the veterans' organization, the Society of the Army of the Cumberland. He wrote a military history of that Army (1882), and was active in preserving the battlefields of Chickamauga and Chattanooga, among the first US military parks. The Garfield statue mentioned in this letter, commissioned by the Society of the Army of the Cumberland and unveiled on My 12, 1887, stands in view of the US Capitol. Multiple folds. Corners slightly worn and creased. Edges slightly worn. Toned around top edge. Light surface creases. Slightly soiled on folds. Otherwise, fine condition.
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