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LT. GENERAL HENRY C. CORBIN - DOCUMENT SIGNED 07/13/1900 - HFSID 17397

HENRY C. CORBIN As US Army Adjutant General (1900), he signs a typed letter directing West Point applicant William West to present himself for a qualifying examination. Typed Letter signed: ""H C Corbin" as Adjutant General, 1 page, 8x10½. War Department, Washington, D.C., 1900 July 13.

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HENRY C. CORBIN
As US Army Adjutant General (1900), he signs a typed letter directing West Point applicant William West to present himself for a qualifying examination.
Typed Letter signed: ""H C Corbin" as Adjutant General, 1 page, 8x10½. War Department, Washington, D.C., 1900 July 13. To William Whitehead West, Jr., Asheville, N.C. The letter instructs West to report to present himself before a board of officers at Fort McHenry, Baltimore, on March 1, 1901, to be examined on his qualifications for admission to the US Military Academy. His admission would be contingent on the failure of another candidate, the primary candidate from the 9th Congressional District of North Carolina. Ink note (unknown hand) copies the letter to Richmond Pearson, Member of Congress from this district. West was also the first alternate candidate from North Carolina at large, so the failure of either primary candidate would allow his admission. Accompanied by matching envelope addressed by an unknown hand to Mrs. W. W. West (the candidate's mother), Asheville, North Carolina. Henry Clark Corbin (1842-1909) was a Civil War volunteer, twice decorated for gallantry and rising in rank from 2nd lieutenant to brevet major general. In 1866, he joined the regular army, starting over as a 2nd lieutenant and serving ten years commanding Buffalo Soldiers in the American West. Appointed to the White House staff by President Hayes in 1877, he served as Secretary of the Sitting Bull Commission. He became a close confidant of President Garfield, and was with Garfield when he was shot and when he died. Appointed Adjutant General by President McKinley in 1898, he played a key role in organizing US force deployments for the war with Spain, sleeping in his office to keep up with the work load. However, he vocally criticized the Rough Riders as a detriment to the military effort, and successfully opposed the awarding of the Medal of Honor to Theodore Roosevelt.William W. West, Jr. did graduate from West Point in 1905, and saw duty in France in World War I. Retiring as a colonel in 1919, he was a member of the US Olympic polo team of 1920. Horizontal fold creases. Lightly toned and creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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