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William H. Emory sends an autograph letter to Brigadier General S. Williams about reassigning a soldier.
Autograph Letter Signed: "Very Respectfully Yr Obt/W.H. Emory/Brig Genl Cmg", ¼p, 7½x9¾. Head Quarters 1st Brigade, Second Division, 1873 July 10. To Brigadier General S. Williams, Assistant Adjutant General. Begins: "Genl". In full: "I would take it as a great favor and I think it would not be unacceptable to the Officers of this Brigade and would add greatly to the officers if Capt A[illegible] 6th U.S. Cavalry, Lt McIntosh 5th U.S. Cavalry my late Efficient Brigade Quarter Master were assigned to Command temporarily regiments in this Brigade." Handwritten postscript signed: "W.H. Emory". In full: "I request Genl Peck will approve this & forward." Lightly creased with folds, light horizontal fold underlines signature under postscript. Lightly soiled at blank areas, stained at lower blank margin. Overall, fine condition. Accompanied by unsigned engraving of Emory (b/w, 4¾x7½ overall, image 3½x3½, one surface). Fine condition. WILLIAMS was the Assistant Adjutant General of the Army of the Potomac. General Peck was JOHN JAMES PECK (1821-1878), who had been appointed Brigadier General of Volunteers by President Abraham Lincoln on April 9, 1861. At the time of this letter, he directed the Second Division of Major General Erasmus D. Keyes' IV Corps (June 24-September 26, 1862). On July 25, 1862, fifteen days after this letter was written, Peck was promoted to Major General in charge of all Union troops in Virginia south of the James River, serving in that capacity until September. During the American Civil War, WILLIAM HEMSLEY EMORY (1811-1887) served as a Brigade Commander in the Union's Army of the Potomac (1862) before being transferred to the Western Theater, where he commanded a division in the Port Hudson and Red River campaigns in Louisiana (1863-1864). Returning to the East, Emory was Commander of the 19th Corps, which performed badly in the Shenandoah Valley (1864), especially during the Battle of Cedar Creek, during which Emory and his forces were saved by the arrival of General Philip Sheridan ("Sheridan's ride". After the war, Emory held a number of posts, including Commander of the Department of the Gulf (a Reconstruction assignment that included overseeing soldiers in Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi), but Sheridan removed him from command and saw that Emory was retired in 1876. Emory, who had graduated from West Point in 1831, was a civil engineer who had specialized in exploration and conducting border surveys along the Texas-Mexican border (1844), the U.S.-Canadian border (1844-1846), the U.S.-Mexican border (1848-1853) and the Gadsden Purchase (1854-1857). He was married to Matilda Wilkins Bache, the great-granddaughter of Benjamin Franklin. Two items.

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Born: September 7, 1811
Died: December 1, 1887

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