LT. GENERAL JOHN M. SCHOFIELD - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/10/1890 - HFSID 100299
JOHN M. SCHOFIELD. ALS: "J.M. Schofield" as Commanding
General of the U .S. Army, 1p, 5¼x8. Washington, D.C., 1890 March 10.
To General James Grant Wilson, New York City. In full: "I am
much obliged for your kind note of the 8th instant - and am sorry that I can not
be in New York on the 14th." Civil War General JOHN McALLISTER
SCHOFIELD (1831-1906), who was a commander in Sherman's Atlanta
campaign, served as Andrew Johnson's Secretary of War from
1868-1869.Schofield succeeded Edwin M. Stanton, who resigned the day
Johnson was acquitted at his impeachment trial. Schofield, who would later serve
as Superinendent of West Point (1876-1881), first visited the Hawaiian
Islands in 1872, and he recommended that the U.S. acquire Pearl Harbor as a
naval base (U.S. military forces began moving in after the 1898 annexation of
Hawaii). In 1888, after the death of Philip Sheridan, Schofield became
Commanding General of the U.S. Army, serving until 1895.Schofield
Barracks, a U.S. Army post about 30 miles north of Honolulu, is named in his
honor. In October 1864, during the Civil War, JAMES GRANT WILSON became
chief of the cavalry under Sherman. Although he retired from the Army in
1870, he returned as a Major General of Volunteers during the
Spanish-American War. Wilson, who also fought in China's Boxer
Rebellion in 1901, was one of only three other surviving Civil War
Generals when he died in 1925. Lightly creased with fold, not at signature.
Slightly soiled. Fine condition.
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