MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM S. "OLD ROSY" ROSECRANS - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/16/1886 - HFSID 272392
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GENERAL WILLIAM STARKE ROSECRANS
William Starke Rosecrans signed this typed letter in 1886, as Registrar of the U.S. Treasury to U. S. Representative from Virginia John Strode Barbour, Jr. In it, he writes about purchasing property in Washington, D. C. for "the future growth and adornment of our national Capital".
Typed letter signed "W.S. Rosecrans" as Register of the Treasury, 1p, 8x10 ruled sheet. Washington, D.C., 1886 December 16. On letterhead of the Treasury Department, Register's Office, to Hon. J.S. Barbour, House of Representatives, Washington City. Begins: "My dear Sir". In full: "Enclosed is a copy of my letter [not enclosed] of this date to Senator Ingalls, suggesting a purchase, by condemnation, of the ground between 9th. and 15th. Streets and B Street N.W., and South of Pennsylvania Avenue, and giving reasons therefor. You are quite as much interested both personally and officially in the future growth and adornment of our national Capital as Senator Ingalls. But as you are both Chairmen of the District Committee, I wrote to the Senator. I submit my suggestions to you and to him with great respect and frankness for what they may be worth. Yours Truly". Rosecrans was Registrar (Register) of the U.S. Treasury from 1885 to 1893. A successful Union General in the Civil War, WILLIAM STARKE 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). JOHN STRODE BARBOUR, JR. (1820-1892) was a U. S. Representative from Virginia (1881-1887) who chaired the Committee on the District of Columbia during the 48th and 49th Congresses. In 1889, he began his service as a U. S. Senator from the state, dying in office in 1892. JOHN JAMES INGALLS (1833-1900) was a U.S . Senator from Kansas from 1873-1891. Lightly creased with folds, light vertical fold at the last "s" in Rosecrans. Two ¼-inch tears at upper blank margin. Three ¼-inch separations at blank right edge and ¼-inch separation at blank left edge at horizontal folds. Slightly soiled. Ink stain at lower blank area, light transference of type at lower portion. Overall, fragile condition.
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