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LT. GENERAL HENRY C. CORBIN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/15/1901 - HFSID 24106

 
HENRY C. CORBIN
As Adjutant General of the US Army, he signs a typed letter to the mother of a candidate for admission to West Point (1901).
Typed Letter signed: "H. C. Corbin" as Adjutant General, 1 page, 8x10½. War Department, Washington, D.C., 1901 April 15. On official letterhead of the Adjutant General's Office to Mrs. W. W. West, Asheville, North Carolina. In full: "Your letter of the 4th instant, to the President, in relation to the application of your son, Wm. W. West, Jr., for a military cadetship from the US, at large, has been referred to this office. In reply, I have the honor to inform you that it will be filed with the papers previously received upon the same subject, and brought to the attention of the Secretary of War when future appointments are to be made. The appointments for all of the vacancies the President has for this year, and 1902, are already determined upon. Very respectfully". 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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LT. GENERAL HENRY C. CORBIN
Born: September 25, 1842 in Monroe Township, Ohio
Died: September 8, 1909 in Washington, District of Columbia





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