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GENERAL MARSHALL I. LUDINGTON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/16/1913 - HFSID 46888

[ABRAHAM LINCOLN]. MARSHALL I. LUDINGTON. Autograph Statement signed: "M.I. Ludington, Major General US Army, Retired", 5x3½. No place, 1913 January 16. In full: "I was present at the New Years reception of Mr.

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[ABRAHAM LINCOLN]. MARSHALL I. LUDINGTON. Autograph Statement signed: "M.I. Ludington, Major General US Army, Retired", 5x3½. No place, 1913 January 16. In full: "I was present at the New Years reception of Mr. Lincoln in 1865 and also heard him make a speech from the portico of the White House after the fall of Richmond in April 1865. I was in the Quartermaster's Department from 1862 to 1903 when I was retired." As a volunteer during the Civil War (1861-1865), Marshall Independence Ludington (1839-1919) had served in the Quartermaster's Department from his enlistment in 1862 until his retirement in 1903. As part of the 2nd Army Corps, he participated in the battles of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and the Wilderness. His Corps was attached to the Army of he Potomac from July to November 1864, at which time Ludington, at age 25, was named Chief Quartermaster of the Department of Washington. He was brevetted Brigadier General of Volunteers on March 13, 1865, less than three months after attending President Lincoln's New Year's celebration and three weeks before the fall of Richmond in early April, when he witnessed Lincoln's speech at the White House. A lighthearted account received with many cheers and much laughter, the speech included Lincoln's high opinion of "Dixie" and that he had insisted to be "captured". With the reorganization of the Army after the War, Ludington became a Major and assisted in property claims during Reconstruction. He served in New Mexico and California before returning to Washington. Further assignments precluded the Spanish-American War (1898), at which time he was promoted to Brigadier General and Quartermaster General. Ludington was in charge of supplying and transporting the army for action in Cuba and the Philippines. He initiated the Army Transport Service to meet the needs of conveying troops to and from American soil. Ludington was promoted to Major General prior to his retirement from a long, industrious career. Diagonal crease touches 2 lines of text (all legible). Ink smudged at 1 word. Slightly soiled. Fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 30x18½.

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