General Henry W. Halleck Autograph Letter To General G.w. Cullum 1869 Civil War
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General Henry W. Halleck Autograph Letter To General G.w. Cullum 1869 Civil War:
General Henry W. Halleck Autograph Letter To General George Washington Cullum. Two page letter dated 1869. Sheet measures 8" x 10" when unfolded. Mounting traces on back. Scarce. Letter reads: "Louisville, Ky, Dec 27th/’69. Genl G.W. Cullum, New York. My Dear Genl, Yours of the 22d, and also the book, are received. I have not been able to read much, but so far have found nothing new or interesting in it. But as an author myself on the war subject, I must give it an attentive perusal. Christmas has passed rather pleasantly for Harry and the small fry, but very dull for an old bag like me confined to the house. I am still suffering from neuralgia but convalescent. I hope to get out again if we ever have good weather. I have now been confined to the house for three weeks. I am getting very tired of it. Mrs. H. sends kind regards, Yours truly, H.W. Halleck. I enclose $5 to cover book bill. H.W.H.
Henry Wager Halleck (January 16, 1815 – January 9, 1872) was a United States Army officer, scholar, and lawyer. A noted expert in military studies, he was known by a nickname that became derogatory, "Old Brains." He was an important participant in the admission of California as a state and became a successful lawyer and land developer. Early in the American Civil War, he was a senior Union Army commander in the Western Theater and then served for almost two years as general-in-chief of all U.S. armies. Halleck became chief of staff to Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, when he assumed the position of general-in-chief. Halleck was a cautious general who believed strongly in thorough preparations for battle and in the value of defensive fortifications over quick, aggressive action. He was a master of administration, logistics, and the politics necessary at the top of the military hierarchy, but exerted little effective control over field operations from his post in Washington, D.C. After Grant forced Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House, Halleck was assigned to command the Military Division of the James, headquartered at Richmond. He was present at Lincoln's death and a pall-bearer at Lincoln's funeral. He lost his friendship with William Sherman when he quarreled with him over Sherman's tendency to be lenient toward former Confederates. In August 1865 he was transferred to the Division of the Pacific in California, essentially in military exile. While holding this command he accompanied photographer Eadweard Muybridge to the newly purchased Russian America. e and Senator Charles Sumner are credited with applying the name "Alaska" to that region. n March 1869, he was assigned to command the Military Division of the South, headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. Henry Halleck died at his post in Louisville. He is buried in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York, and is commemorated by a street named for him in San Francisco and a statue in Golden Gate Park. He left no memoirs for posterity and apparently destroyed his private correspondence and memoranda. His estate at his death showed a net value of $474,773.16 ($9,251,482.55 in 2012 dollars). His widow, Elizabeth, married Col. George Washington Cullum in 1875. Cullum had served as Halleck's chief of staff in the Western Theater and then on his staff in Washington.