John M. Schofield ALS Concerning a Request for "an old war letter..."
2pp of a bifolium, measuring 6" x 9", Chicago, Illinois, dated March 3, 1886. Writing from the Headquarters Division of the Missouri, Schofield signs the letter "J.M. Schofield". Addressed to a Mr. E.C. Brown, regarding a request for "an old war letter". Schofield replies in part: "I should be glad to gratify if possible. One of my Aids is now engaged in a rearrangement of the old records. I will direct him to send you a letter if he finds such an one as you want." With flattened mail folds and light soiling throughout. Boldly signed.
John McAllister Schofield (1831-1906) was a general in the Union Army and one of the key leaders in ensuring that the state of Missouri did not join the Confederacy. In November 1862, he was promoted to the rank of major general, making him one of the youngest major generals in the war, at the age of 31. He saw action at important battles such as Wilson's Creek, the Atlanta Campaign, Franklin, and Nashville. After the Civil War, Schofield served as Secretary of War under Andrew Johnson and Ulysses S. Grant. In 1892, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his "conspicuous gallantry" at the Battle of Wilson's Creek.
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