MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM B. FRANKLIN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/02/1887 - HFSID 87136
Sale Price $510.00
WILLIAM BUEL FRANKLIN
Signed autograph letter on stationery of Colt Patent Fire Arms (1887)
Autograph Letter signed: "W.B. Franklin", 2 pages, 5¼x8¼. Hartford, Conn., 1887 March 2. On stationery of "Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co." to Wm. C. Gunnell, Chief Engineer. In part: "I received the pretty piece of silver that you sent to commemorate one of my numerous birthdays. I am sorry that they are so numerous...My wife is very proud over the silver...I have done nothing yet with the drawings for barracks that you sent. I do not believe that we have money to put up such a building." Franklin (1823-1903) graduated first in his West Point class of 1843. During the Mexican War, he served as an engineer under Colonel Philip Kearney in the South Pass Expedition, and received a brevet promotion after the Battle of Buena Vista. Prior to the Civil War he supervised construction of the new dome of the Capitol building in Washington. During the Civil War, he was appointed a Brigadier General and, in the Battle of Fredericksburg, rose in command from a brigade to a division, then a corps, to finally commanding two corps in the Army of the Potomac. However, his bitter quarrels with General Ambrose Burnside, generated in the wake of the Fredericksburg debacle, removed him from active command before Gettysburg. He spent more than two decades after the war as general manger of Colt Firearms, serving there through 1888. His last responsibility was as US Commissioner-General for the Paris Exposition of 1889. Lightly creased. 1½-inch separation at upper edge and ¾-inch separation at lower edge at mid-vertical fold. Chipped at lower edge of signature page. Pencil erasures at upper margin of first page. Overall, fine condition.
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