LITHOGRAPH CDV OF US MAJOR GENERAL JOHN E. WOOL & MENU FROM DINNER HELD IN HIS HONOR

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CDV is a waist-up view of Wool in uniform. He is wearing a double-breasted dark colored frock coat with epaulets. Image is clear and contrast is good. Surface has light surface dirt and image has yellowed with time. No markings.

The menu is titled, “DINNER TO MAJOR GENERAL J.E. WOOL, PARKER HOUSE, BOSTON, FEBRUARY 24, 1863.” It then lists the soup, meats, entrees, pasty, and desserts.

John Ellis Wool (February 20, 1784 – November 10, 1869) was an officer in the United States Army during three consecutive U.S. wars: the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War and the American Civil War. By the time of the Mexican-American War, he was widely considered one of the most capable officers in the army and a superb organizer.

He was one of the four general officers of the United States Army in 1861, and was the one who had the most Civil War service. When the war began, Wool, age 77 and a brigadier general for 20 years, commanded the Department of the East. He was the oldest general on either side of the war.

On August 1, 1863 President Lincoln sent an order retiring Wool from service after 51 years in the Army. At the age of 79, he was the oldest general officer to execute active command in either army during the war. Wool, who believed he was still healthy and fit enough for duty, was stunned and outraged at his dismissal and wrote a series of letters to the War Department in protest, but to no avail. He continued sending letters for the remaining few years of his life to the then President Andrew Johnson and Ulysses Grant, again without effect.

He lived in Troy, New York for the remaining five years of his life, dying on November 10, 1869. He was buried there in Oakwood Cemetery. An obelisk was erected as a monument to Wool at the cemetery.     [sm]

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