MAJOR GENERAL ANDREW A. HUMPHREYS - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 01/06/1868 - HFSID 174676
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GENERAL ANDREW A. HUMPHREYS
Civil War General Andrew A. Humphreys signed this manuscript letter as Commanding Brigadier General of Engineers in 1868, asking the Daily Globe to send copies to his Washington, D. C. office.
Manuscript letter signed "A.H. Humphreys" as Commanding Brigadier General of Engineers. Brown ink andlead pencil notations in bottom left corner in unknown hand. 1 page, 7¾x9¾ ruled paper. Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters, Washington, D. C., Jan. 6, 1868. Addressed to the"Proprietors of Daily Globe" in Washington, D. C. In full: "Gentlemen Please cause the Daily Globe to be supplied at Room No 8 of Windere Building from commencement of the present se[missing text] of Congress, for use of this office. Very Respectfully". Humphreys (1810-1883), West Point graduate of 1831, performed mainly engineering duties for the U. S. Army until the Civil War provided him with the opportunity to prove his mettle as a warrior. After serving on the staff of General George McClellan, he was promoted to a divisional command (September of 1862), leading with distinction in the Maryland campaign and at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. At Gettysburg (1863), as a division commander in General Daniel Sickles' III Corps, Humphreys led the valiant resistance to Confederate assaults after General Sickles unwisely ordered the corps forward into exposed positions between the opposing armies. Promoted to Chief of Staff to General Meade, commanding general of the Army of the Potomac, he assumed command of General Hancock's II Corps in 1864 after Hancock's Gettysburg wounds compelled him to quit field service. He was brevetted Major General for gallantry at Sayler's Creek. At war's end, he was by far the oldest corps commander in the Army of the Potomac. With the permanent rank of Brigadier General, he served as Chief of Engineers until his retirement in 1879. Lightly toned, soiled and creased. ½x1¼ section missing from right edge, which touches manuscript writing but not signature. Tears in right edge. Missing top right and bottom corners and rounded top left corner. Random ink stains. Folded five times and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.
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