MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM S. "OLD ROSY" ROSECRANS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/28/1871 - HFSID 174683
GENERAL WILLIAM S. "OLD ROSY" ROSECRANS William Starke Rosecrans wrote this letter from New York in 1871, urging the recipient to see a General Sedgewick. Autograph letter signed "W S Rosecrans". 1 page, 5x8, ruled paper. New York, March 28, 1871. Addressee is illegible.
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GENERAL WILLIAM S. "OLD ROSY" ROSECRANS
William Starke Rosecrans wrote this letter from New York in 1871, urging the recipient to see a General Sedgewick.
Autograph letter signed "W S Rosecrans". 1 page, 5x8, ruled paper. New York, March 28, 1871. Addressee is illegible. In full: "Dear Colonel, Gen. Sedge-wick just informs me that he has no had a call from you. I thought it might after our conversation to say to him you would be glad to see him and that he might proper ly [sic] call and see you I am further moved to give this advise [sic] by hearing that J. A. C. G. has been [illegible] him for the basest of reasons. Please talk [illegible] with the [illegible] Yours truly". William S. "Old Rosy" Rosecrans (1819-1898) graduated West Point in 1842 and entered the Army Corps of Engineers. He left the Army in 1854 and worked as a civil engineer and architect, but volunteered for duty when the Civil War broke out. Rosecrans was commissioned a Brigadier General in June 1861 and became Commander for Western Virginia. His first victory, at Rich Mountain in July 1861, helped create the state of West Virginia. Rosecrans' skills in fortifications, troop movement and supply lines led to success in 1862, but in September 1863 he met defeat at Chickamauga. Rosecrans, popular with troops and fondly called "Old Rosy", was relieved of command after Chickamauga, and he resigned from the Army in March 1867. His engineering expertise led to a post as Minister to Mexico. Rosecrans later served as U.S. Congressman from California (1881-1885). Lightly toned and creased. Signature and letter are smeared and have bled, but are legible. Underline goes through signature is places; signature is still legible. Light discoloration at top edge. Adhesive residue in top left corner. Neatly torn from notebook at left edge. Folded once vertically and twice vertically and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.
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