MAJOR GENERAL ADOLPHUS W. GREELY - AUTOGRAPH CIRCA 1899 - HFSID 141987
Sale Price $126.00
ADOLPHUS W. GREELY
His signature from 1899
Signature: "A W Greely", 3½x1½. Affixed to slightly larger piece of construction paper. Dated (unknown hand) 1899. Adolphus W. Greely (1844-1935) enlisted as a private of Massachusetts volunteers in 1861. He retired 40 years later as a Major General. Greely survived two years of Arctic winters without being re-supplied in 1882-1884. He became, by order of Pres. Cleveland, a Brigadier General and Chief of the Signal Corps of the Army in March 1887 of the following year. In that post, he was responsible over the next 20 years for construction of tens of thousands of miles of telegraph lines and submarine cables in Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Philippines, Alaska and elsewhere and for the Army's earliest adoption of wireless telegraphy. In 1935, he received the Congressional Medal of Honor on his 91st birthday. Frayed edges of both signature and mounting page. Otherwise, fine condition.
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