MAJOR GENERAL OLIVER O. HOWARD - TYPED LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 284137
OLIVER O. HOWARD As President of the Board of Lincoln Memorial University, he signs a typed letter 1903 to General Francis Fessenden, praising Fessenden's father, William P. Fessenden. Typed Letter signed: "Oliver Otis Howard", 1 page, 8½x11. Burlington, Vermont, 1903 October 29.
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OLIVER O. HOWARD
As President of the Board of Lincoln Memorial University, he signs a typed letter 1903 to General Francis Fessenden, praising Fessenden's father, William P. Fessenden.
Typed Letter signed: "Oliver Otis Howard", 1 page, 8½x11. Burlington, Vermont, 1903 October 29. On letterhead of Lincoln Memorial University to General Francis Fessenden, Portland, Maine. In full: : "I thank you very much for your contribution of $25 and still more for the beautiful letter you have written me. I hardly think anyone outside of your family had a tenderer feeling toward your honored father than myself. Again and again he showed himself my friend during the Civil War." Oliver O. Howard (1830-1909), was a brave Union general who received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his leadership at the Battle of Fair Oaks (1862), in which he lost an arm. The year 1863 was not a good one for Howard as a corps commander, earning him the nickname "Uh-oh" Howard for military blunders at Chancellorsville and on the first day at Gettysburg. He redeemed himself, however, as commander of the Army of the Tennessee in Sherman's march to the sea and in his postwar service to the country. He directed the Freedman's Bureau, where he strongly advocated land and votes for former slaves, and in 1867 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. He was a founder and first board president of Lincoln Memorial University, chartered in 1897, a private college in the Cumberland Gap of Tennessee. LMU is the site of a fine Lincoln library and museum, fielding sports teams appropriately named "the Railsplitters." Francis Fessenden (1839-1907) was also a Union general in the Civil War, severely wounded at Shiloh in 1862 and again at Monet's Ferry in 1864. He later served as Mayor of Portland. His father, William Pitt Fessenden (1806-1869), praised by Howard in this letter, a Maine Senator (1854-1864, 1865-1869), served as President Lincoln's Secretary of the Treasury (1864-1865). Horizontal and vertical mailing folds. Lightly soiled at creases. Otherwise, fine condition.
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