ALS, MAJOR GENERAL GEORGE STONEMAN, DATED "SEPT. 10TH 1865"

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Pre-printed form on lined paper with "Headquarters Department of Tennessee/ Knoxville, Tennessee/ 1865" letterhead. Mounted loosely on contemporary red-card paper. Measures 8 x 7.25". Text: "My dear Sir/ x x x x/ Yours very Truly/ George Stoneman/ Maj. Genl. Vs". Appears to be Stoneman's reply to an autograph request. Letterhead and inked handwriting clear and clean. Vertical & horizontal fold-marks. Else VG.

A West Point trained veteran, George Stoneman had a very uneven Civil War career. He commanded a division during the 1862 Peninsula campaign, and a corps during the battle of Fredericksburg, but then was relieved of command of the cavalry corps in the aftermath of the disastrous "Stoneman's Raid" made in conjunction with the equally disastrous Battle of Chancellorsville. He restored his reputation somewhat with his performance in divisional command under Gen. Sherman during the closing months of the war. He remained in the regular army until 1871, then retired to California, where he served as Governor 1883-87. He died in Buffalo, NY, 5 Sept, 1894.

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