MAJOR GENERAL OLIVER O. HOWARD - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/12/1897 - HFSID 252688
Sale Price $405.00
OLIVER O. HOWARD
Oliver O. Howard wrote this letter from Burlington, Virginia about lectures he was making in 1897.
Autograph letter signed "O. O. Howard". Red pencil notations near top of page in unknown hand. 2 pages, 4½x6¾, 1 sheet folded, front and verso, on stationery with a purple coat of arms at top of first page. Burlington, Virginia. Dec. 12. 1897, date-stamped "Answered/Dec 14 1897" in purple ink. In full: "Dear Major [illegible]: That last pull, especially at Yonkers when I had to give four addresses, has thrown me on the sick list. The Dr calls the ailment "[illegible] fever". For three nights I have had a torturing headache. - so please do not try to get me more arrangements during December, and let me know if the Harris-burg strategist has [illegible] me beacuse I have used note Morristown and I used no notes at [illegible & referred to their [illegible] several other places.- but my lecture is fuller & better when I do use them. I am pretty [illegible] you see - Sincerely yours O. O. Howard". Howard (1830-1909, born in Leeds, Maine) lost his right arm at Fair Oaks during the American Civil War, engaged at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg and commanded the Army of the Tennessee in Sherman's march to the sea. By the end of the Civil War he was a Brigadier-General. General Howard founded Howard University in 1867 becoming its President in 1869. He served as first Commissioner of the Freedmans Bureau, a federal agency designed to assist Black Americans in their transition from slavery to freedom at the end of the Civil War. In 1874, Howard retired from both jobs. He later served as Superintendent at West Point (1881-1882). Lightly toned and soiled. Notations touch handwriting, but not signature, on front page. Handwriting, but not signature, is lightly blotted inside letter in places, but legible. Ink transference inside signature. Folded once and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.
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