LT. GENERAL JOHN M. SCHOFIELD - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/10/1890 - HFSID 100299
Sale Price $414.00
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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