BRIGADIER GENERAL JOHN H. WINDER - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 05/05/1862 - HFSID 262775
Sale Price $595.00
JOHN H. WINDER
Manuscript LS: "J.H. Winder", 1 page, 7½x3¾. Provost Marshall, 1862 May 5. In full: "Mrs. Langford states that her husband has gone off & left her destitute with two children to support and since his departure-(four weeks ago) has given up the house where she lives. Please attend to the matter." John H. Winder (1800-1865), a West Point graduate, served the US Army with distinction during the Mexican War, receiving field promotions for his conduct in the battles on the approach to Mexico City. Siding with the Confederacy, General Winder was placed in command of Confederate prisons east of the Mississippi. His appointee, Captain Henry Wirz, commanding officer at Andersonville prison and the only Confederate military officer tried, convicted and hanged after the Civil War. Winder, Henry Wirz's superior, who had more responsibility for conditions within the prison than Wirz, died of a heart attack before the war ended, on February 7, 1865. Other Confederate leaders, and some later historians, have denied that Winder was deliberately cruel to Union prisoners, explaining that severe Confederate shortages of food and medicine render their proper care impossible. Winder spent a year as an instructor at West Point; among his students was future CSA President Jefferson Davis. Lightly creased. Folds touch signature. 2 pinhead-size file holes at blank right. Irregular lower edge.
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