MAJOR GENERAL MANNING F. FORCE - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 307357
MAJOR GENERAL MANNING F. FORCE 2½x4 carte-de-visite showing the Congressional Medal of Honor recipient in uniform. Photograph signed: "M.F. Force/Brevt Maj. Gen U.S.V.", 2½x4 carte-de-visite. Manning F. Force (1824-1899) was born in Washington, D.C.
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MAJOR GENERAL MANNING F. FORCE
2½x4 carte-de-visite showing the Congressional Medal of Honor recipient in uniform.
Photograph signed: "M.F. Force/Brevt Maj. Gen U.S.V.", 2½x4 carte-de-visite. Manning F. Force (1824-1899) was born in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Harvard Law School (1848), he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, was admitted to the bar in 1850, and formed the law partnership of Walker, Kebler & Force. During the Civil War, on August 26, 1861, he was appointed to the rank of Major of the 20th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Soon after he was promoted to lieutenant colonel, and trained one of the hardest-fighting regiments in the Army of the Tennessee. After the Battle of Shiloh, on May 1, 1862, Force was promoted to Colonel of the 20th Ohio Infantry. His gallant defense of Bolivar, Tennessee, on August 30, 1862, gained his regiment national attention. During the Vicksburg campaign, Force earned special recognition for bravery at the Battle of Raymond, was promoted to brigadier general of U.S. Volunteers, and was soon transferred to command the 1st Brigade of Leggett's Division. On July 21, 1864 during William T. Sherman's Atlanta Campaign, Force captured an eminence known as Bald Hill, East of Atlanta. The next day, Hood's army made a sweeping attack on the 17th Corps' left rear. As the left flank of the Army of the Tennessee fell, Force led his brigade in a desperate defense of his critical position on Bald Hill. While standing on the front line at the top of the hill, a bullet smashed into his face below the left eye and exited from the upper right side of his skull. For his bravery in Atlanta, Force was promoted to Brevet Major General and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. In 1866, after refusing a commission as colonel of the 32nd US Infantry, Force returned to law in Cincinnati. He was elected judge of the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court (1866-1875), and lost an election to become an Ohio Congressman. In 1877, he became a professor at Cincinnati Law School and was elected judge to the Superior Court of Cincinnati. As a member of the Cincinnati Literary Club, he befriended future U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes, and the two formed a lifelong friendship. While in office, Hayes offered Force a position as Personal Secretary to the President, but he refused. Slightly creased. Slightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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