BRIGADIER GENERAL JOSEPH S. FULLERTON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 08/11/1873 - HFSID 177250
Sale Price $378.00
JOSEPH S. FULLERTON
ALS to Col. Norman Smith, asking probing questions about preparations for a reunion meeting of the Army of the Cumberland
Autograph Letter signed: "J. S. Fullerton", 2 pages (front and verso), 5½x8½. St Louis, Missouri, 1873 August 11. On letterhead of his law office to Col. Norman M. Smith, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In full: "I have just returned to this City after an absence of six weeks; and I so much work to bring up that I can write but a line or two. Many members of the Society of the Army of the Cumberland have written to know the date of the meeting at Pittsburgh, and to know whether they will receive notifications of said meeting. Have such notices been sent to the members? Please let me know. Also: have members yet been selected to reply to toasts? Do you know whether your Committee got a list of names for invited guests from Bickham of Dayton, O., or from Gen. Lou Wood of the same place? Please let me hear from you as soon as convenient. Yours truly". Joseph Scott Fullerton (1835-1897), a St Louis-based lawyer for several railroads and other corporations, was a staff officer in the Union's Army of the Cumberland during the Civil War, brevetted to brigadier general in 1865 for distinguished service at the battles of Franklin and Nashville. In May 1865, he was appointed to assist General Oliver O. Howard in organizing the Freedmen's Bureau, but requested relief from this assignment 5 months later. He became military secretary to President Johnson. Johnson delegated Fullerton to travel south and report on activities of the Freedmen's Bureau; his negative reports on the Bureau's activities antagonized Congressional Republicans. Discharged from the army in September 1866, he was appointed Postmaster at St Louis by President Johnson. Later he resumed legal work, and was for 25 years the treasurer of the Society of the Army of the Cumberland, the second largest (after the G.A.R.) organization of Union veterans. He died in a railroad accident while serving on a commission to create a Chickamauga battlefield site. Normal mailing folds. Slightly worn, slightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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