PRESIDENT JAMES A. GARFIELD - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/24/1862 - HFSID 5122
JAMES A. GARFIELD: WARRIOR PRESIDENT James A. Garfield sends an autograph letter to a pioneer autograph collector. Autograph Letter Signed: "J.A. Garfield/Brig Gen Vols" as Congressman-elect, 1p, 7¾x8¼. Washington, D.C., 1862 December 24. On Christmas Eve, the future 20th U.S.
Sale Price $2,890.00
JAMES A. GARFIELD: WARRIOR PRESIDENT
James A. Garfield sends an autograph letter to a pioneer autograph collector.
Autograph Letter Signed: "J.A. Garfield/Brig Gen Vols" as Congressman-elect, 1p, 7¾x8¼. Washington, D.C., 1862 December 24. On Christmas Eve, the future 20th U.S. President writes to poet, banker and renowned autograph collector Lewis J. Cist, St. Louis, Mo. In full: "In answer to your note of the 18th inst my Commission of Brig Gen Vols bears date of Jan. 11th 1862. I do not know where Gen. T.W. Sherman is". From September 1862 to January 1863, General Thomas West Sherman commanded a division in the Department of the Gulf. He then participated in the defense of New Orleans, January to May 1863. Seven weeks earlier, on November 4, 1862, GARFIELD had been elected to Congress but decided to remain in the Army. He served as Chief of Staff to General W.S. Rosecrans and saw action at Chickamauga in August and September 1863. He was promoted to Major General on September 19, 1863, but resigned his commission on December 5, 1863 to take his seat in the House. It was rumored that President Lincoln was pleased because it was easier to find Major Generals than supportive Republicans. Garfield was reelected eight times and is the only incumbent member of the House of Representatives to be elected President. CIST's collection of over 11,000 autographs and old portraits, very likely including this letter, was sold at auction in New York in 1886 and 1887. A rare opportunity to own a letter from this collection, whose sale was reported in "The New York Times". Vertical fold touches the "J" in signature, lightly soiled. Overall, fine condition.
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