BRIGADIER GENERAL JAMES HERVEY SIMPSON - AUTOGRAPH DOCUMENT SIGNED 03/31/1841 - HFSID 174670
Sale Price $488.75
JAMES HERVEY SIMPSON
Engaged in improvements to Erie Harbor, Pennsylvania, the young army engineer balances his financial records for the First Quarter of 1841.
Autograph Document signed twice: "James H. Simpson USTE", "James H. Simpson/1st Lt. US Top. Eng.", 1 page, 15½x10. No place, 1841 March 31. Concise summary financial report for the quarter ending March 31, 1841, filled out in his hand, listing a balance on hand of $807.88. James Hervey Simpson (1813-1883) graduated from West Point in 1833. He fought in the Seminole War (1838) and again in the Civil War, where he was brevetted to brigadier general for meritorious service. (He reverted to the regular rank of colonel after the war.) However, his principal achievements were in engineering and exploration. In 1841, when he submitted these accounts, Simpson was engaged in improvements to Erie Harbor, Pennsylvania, and surveying the Northwestern Lakes. In 1849, he led an exploration of the route from Fort Smith, Arkansas to Santa Fe, in the newly acquired New Mexico territory. Smith wrote several books and articles, including a study of Coronado's search for the legendary seven cities of gold (1869). The US Army Topographical Engineers, formed in 1838, were merged with the Corps of Engineers during the Civil War. Lightly toned and creased. Minor notches at edges. Multiple mailing folds. Otherwise, fine condition.
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