MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM B. HAZEN - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 348925
MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM B. HAZEN Scares carte-de-visite of the Union General best known for defending 'Hell's Half Acre' Autograph Signed Photograph: " W. B. Hazen, Maj. Genl.". 2¼ x4.
Sale Price $2,762.50
MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM B. HAZEN
Scares carte-de-visite of the Union General best known for defending 'Hell's Half Acre'
Autograph Signed Photograph: " W. B. Hazen, Maj. Genl.". 2¼ x4. William Babcock Hazen (1830-1887), a West Point graduate (1855), was severely wounded in a battle with the Comanche in 1859, returning from a long convalescent just in time to become a brigade commander in the Union Army at Shiloh. His Ohio brigade fought heroically at Stone's River (December 31, 1862), with a defense of "Hell's Half Acre" which prevented a collapse of the Union line. (He was wounded again at this battle.) Brevetted a brigadier general in April 1863, he led a division under Sherman during the assault on Atlanta and the march to the sea. Stationed on the Plains after the war, he advocated fair treatment of Native Americans, giving sanctuary to a band of Kiowa pursued by Custer. Now a colonel in the regular army, Hazen was an observer with the Prussian Army in its 1870-1871 war with France. Hazen gave testimony against Secretary of War Belknap, making corruption allegations which hastened Belknap's resignation. The contentious Hazen criticized another Secretary of War Robert Todd Lincoln in 1864 for tardy rescue of the Adolphus Greely arctic expedition, resulting this time in a court martial of Hazen and a mild reprimand. (The press sided with Hazen, agreeing with his allegations.) Hazen grew up in Ohio, a boyhood friend of future President James Garfield. He married Mildred McLean, daughter of a prominent Cincinnati newspaper family, in 1871. These Ohio connections may explain Hazen's wartime interest in school matters there. (Sunbury is a small town in central Ohio.) Small tear at bottom-right corner, not touching signature, other corners slightly worn. Pencil notes (unknown hand) on verso. Minor ink smear near bottom left corner. Fine condition. Accompanied by PSA/DNA LOA.
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