MAJOR GENERAL JOHN C. FREMONT - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/12/1868 - HFSID 283830
Sale Price $1,190.00
JOHN C. FREMONT
Signed autograph letter (December 1868) to Col. J. T. Fiala, formerly of his staff and now a railroad surveyor, thanking him for information.
Autograph Letter signed: "J. C. Fremont", 1 page, 10x8 folded to 5x8. New York, 1868 December 12. To Col. J. T. Fiala, Court House, St Louis, Missouri. In full: "I have to thank you for your letter of the 7th in reply to my enquiry. The information you furnish is satisfactory & fully answers my purpose. I thank you also for directing the Profile to be made & you will please draw upon for the expense of it. I will think over what you say about Maj. Rombauer & reply. Yours truly". In the 1840s, John C. Frémont (1813-1890) led Congressionally-funded expeditions to survey the Oregon Trail, Oregon Territory and the Great Basin and Sierra Mountains to California. He grew wealthy during the gold rush of 1848 and became one of California's first two U.S. Senators (1850). In 1856, he became the first presidential nominee of the newly founded Republican Party, losing to Buchanan. In the Civil War, Frémont was appointed Major General by President Lincoln and briefly commanded the Western Department, removed from his post when he decided independently to emancipate all of Missouri's slaves (August, 1861). Ruined financially by bad investments - mostly railroad ventures - in the early 1870s, Fremont returned to politics as Governor of the Arizona Territory (1873-1883). Colonel John T. Fiala, a Hungarian-born military office who had fought in Kossuth's rebellion for an independent Hungary, helped organize German-Americans in the St Louis area to fight for the Union cause in 1861, and became a member of Fremont's staff. A surveyor, he worked for the Union Pacific Railroad after the war. Major Rombauer was Raphael G. Rombauer, the youngest of four Hungarian-American brothers serving in the Union army, rising to the rank of major in the 1st Illinois Light Artillery. An engineer, he was Superintendent of the Southwest Branch of the Missouri Pacific Railroad before founding his own mining company. By the time he wrote this letter, Fremont - who had briefly an executive of the Union Pacific, was at odds with the Railroad, having unsuccessfully sued it in 1864 for allegedly re-selling stock belonging to him. This letter no doubt concerned Fremont's continuing - and financially disastrous - railroad ventures. Normal mailing folds with a 1" tear at right margin in upper fold. Some minor stains and toned at edges and folds. Otherwise, fine condition.
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