MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM B. FRANKLIN - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 168944
WILLIAM BUEL FRANKLIN Signature as brevet major general, on a small card Signature: "WB Franklin/Bvt. Maj. Gen. US Army", 4x2½ card. Franklin (1823-1903) graduated first in his West Point class of 1843.
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WILLIAM BUEL FRANKLIN
Signature as brevet major general, on a small card
Signature: "WB Franklin/Bvt. Maj. Gen. US Army", 4x2½ card. 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. Fine condition.
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