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MAJOR GENERAL JOHN E. WOOL - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/05/1864 - HFSID 87115

JOHN E. WOOL The Brigadier General who served in the United States Army for over 50 years penned this letter and his signature ALS: "John E. Wool" as Major General, 1p, 5x8. Troy, 1864 February 5. To S.K.

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JOHN E. WOOL The Brigadier General who served in the United States Army for over 50 years penned this letter and his signature ALS: "John E. Wool" as Major General, 1p, 5x8. Troy, 1864 February 5. To S.K. Kingman, sending his autograph "with much gratification that the Citizens of Brooklyn are preparing to furnish aid to the Sanitary Commission for the benefit of the sick and wounded Soldiers of the armies of the United States…." At the outbreak of the Civil War, John E. Wool (1784-1869), who had already been a Brigadier General for 20 years, headed the Department of the East. In the early days of the war, Wool and his forces secured Fort Monroe, Virginia, which became the supply depot for General George B. McClellan's Peninsula Campaign. In May 1862, he and his troops assumed command of the Norfolk shipyards, which had been abandoned by the Confederates. In 1863, Wool was the Army's fourth-ranking General. He was forced into retirement at the age of 79 by President Abraham Lincoln, despite the General's protests. He was the oldest general to participate in the Civil War. In the Mexican War, Wool was General Zachary Taylor's second in command at the Battle of Buena Vista. He was awarded a vote of thanks and a sword of honor by Congress for his services during the Mexican War. Mounting remnants on verso lightly show through at corners. Otherwise, fine condition.      

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