MAJOR GENERAL JAMES J. DANA - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 05/05/1867 CO-SIGNED BY: BRIGADIER GENERAL G. H. CROSMAN - HFSID 131652
Sale Price $467.50
JAMES J. DANA and G. H CROSMAN
A request for damage caused to a New Haven park by a post-Civil War US army auction winds its way through the army bureaucracy. General Crosman, despite having inspected the park himself, concludes that more information is needed. General Dana forwards this recommendation to another Deputy Quartermaster for comment, and then finally to Quartermaster General Meigs.
Manuscript Letter signed: "G. H. Crosman as Assistant Quartermaster General, Brevet Brigadier General, 3 pages, 8x10. Assistant Quartermaster General's Office, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1867 March 5. Crosman reports on a tour of Hamilton Park in New Haven, Connecticut in the company of the head of the park association, pursuant to a request for $500 damages submitted during a sale of horses at auction in 1865. (The US Army auctioned off many horses at the end of the Civil War, no longer needing them for military duties.) Although attesting to the damage caused, Crosman reports that a Captain Bulloch, who conducted the auction, has been discharged and is now an employee of the Treasury Department, and that more information from him is required before the claim for damages can be evaluated. The report forwarded for comment from the office of Deputy Quartermaster James J. Dana to Deputy Quartermaster James H. Elkin. No comment by Elkin's office is attached, so on integral leaf "James J. Dana" as Deputy Quartermaster General forwards Crosman's report again, this time with his signature, to his superior, the Quartermaster General, Brigadier General [Montgomery] Meigs. Additional docketing. JAMES JACKSON DANA (d. 1898) was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Artillery in 1855. He served in the Union Army during the Civil War, participating in the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, brevetted to Brigadier General in 1865 for his "faithful and meritorious service." He remained in military service in the Quartermaster's department after the war, retired in 1885, and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. G. H. CROSMAN performed quartermaster duties during the Mexican War and Civil War. Records show him purchasing mules and a steamship for transport duties in Mexico. Details of his Civil War service are unavailable, but like Dana he remained in the Quartermaster's office after the war, also brevetted to Brigadier General. Multiple mailing folds. Lightly creased and toned. Corners creased. Left edge irregularly cut. Right edge lightly frayed. Otherwise, fine condition.
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