MAJOR GENERAL SAMUEL P. HEINTZELMAN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/29/1868 - HFSID 30374
GENERAL SAMUEL HEINTZELMAN He writes to General Winfield Hancock in 1868, requesting promotion, complaining that "when the honors were distributed, I was left out." Autograph Letter signed: "S. P. Heintzelman", 2 pages (integral leaf), 5x7½. New York, 1868 May 29. To General W. S.
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GENERAL SAMUEL HEINTZELMAN
He writes to General Winfield Hancock in 1868, requesting promotion, complaining that "when the honors were distributed, I was left out."
Autograph Letter signed: "S. P. Heintzelman", 2 pages (integral leaf), 5x7½. New York, 1868 May 29. To General W. S. Hancock, US Army, Commanding, Washington, D.C. Docketed on integral leaf. In full: "I have the credit of having rendered the country some service during the Rebellion, but when the honors were distributed I was left out. If Gen. Schofield is made Sec. of War there will be a vacancy in the Brigadier Generals. This I would like to fill. I know that the President is favorably disposed toward me, & I believe that if nominated the Senate would confirm. If you feel at liberty to present my case to him it will lay me under lasting obligations. I remain truly yours". [signature] I am the senior Colonel in the Army who moved in the field in the Rebellion". General Samuel Heintzelman (1805-1880), a West Point graduate in 1823, was a veteran of the Seminole and Mexican Wars, brevetted to major while participating in General Scott's advance on Mexico City. He led the Yuma expedition of 1851 against the Yuma Indians. This military experience should have proven invaluable in the Civil War, but unfortunately the reason Heintzelman was left out "when the honors were distributed" was that his record in that conflict was undistinguished. He did not lack for valor, suffering a wound at 1st Bull Run while trying to rally his broken division. But as a corps commander in the Peninsula campaign of 1862 and again at Second Bull Run, he proved overly cautious and slow to move. Consequently, he was relieved of his command and spent the rest of the war in duties away from the front, finishing it on court martial duty. He had another black mark on his record: the division he commanded had ransacked the Pohick Church in Lorton, Virginia, built by George Washington and rebuilt by Presidential order after the War of 1812. Heintzelman's brevet rank of major general during the war reverted to the permanent rank of colonel in the postwar army. Congress did approve Heintzelman's promotion, however, and he retired in 1869 as a major general. 3 vertical 2 horizontal fold creases. Lightly toned around edges. Fine condition.
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