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MAJOR GENERAL OLIVER O. HOWARD - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 09/18/1863 - HFSID 84392

OLIVER O. HOWARD Oliver O. Howard sends an autograph letter of condolences six weeks after Gettysburg. Autograph Letter Signed: "O.O. Howard," 3p, 5x8. Headquarters Eleventh Corps, Catletts Station, 1863 September 18. Six weeks after Gettysburg, Howard writes to Mrs. Carroll.

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OLIVER O. HOWARD
Oliver O. Howard sends an autograph letter of condolences six weeks after Gettysburg.
Autograph Letter Signed: "O.O. Howard," 3p, 5x8. Headquarters Eleventh Corps, Catletts Station, 1863 September 18. Six weeks after Gettysburg, Howard writes to Mrs. Carroll. In part: "Your son Sprigg called to see me on his way to his corps en route from New York and through him I heard from you and was reminded afresh of your sad, sad affliction...My little boy Jamie is very sick & today being in suspense and thinking of the possibility of a heavy blow upon my dear wife & myself, my mind reverted to you. Spriggy reminded me much of his father by his own ways like his and by speaking of him and repeating good words that had fallen from his life...I know that in Mr. Carroll I lost a warm friend...." Oliver O. Howard, the commander of the Army of the Tennessee in Sherman's march to the sea, lost his right arm at Fair Oaks and fought at Gettysburg. After the war, he directed the Freedman's Bureau, where he strongly advocated land and votes for former slaves. In 1867, he founded and served as first President of Howard University (1869-1874). He negotiated a peace agreement with Cochise's Chiricahua Apaches (1872) for President Grant. From 1881-1882, Brigadier General Howard was Superintendent at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Lieutenant Col. SAMUEL SPRIGG CARROLL saw action at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. His father, William T. Carroll, grandnephew of Signer of the Declaration of Independence Charles Carroll of Carrolton, had died earlier in 1863 after serving as clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court since 1827. Folds. Vertical fold touches second "O". Fine condition.

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