Union General Peter J Osterhaus Ls 1864 Milit Com Bef Atlanta Campaign Civil War
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Union General Peter J Osterhaus Ls 1864 Milit Com Bef Atlanta Campaign Civil War:
Peter J. OSTERHAUS (1823-1917) Russian-born American diplomat and Union Army General in the American Civil War. As a diplomat, he served as the U.S. Consul to Lyons, France from 1866 to 1905. During the Civil War, he fought in the Battles of Wilson's Creek, Pea Ridge, Champion's Hill, Big Black River Bridge, Lookout Mountain, The Vicksburg and Atlanta Campaigns, and Sherman's March to the Sea. As Chief of Staff under the Military Division of West Mississippi, Osterhaus was sent as representative for General Canby to accept Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith's surrender of Confederate forces in the Trans-Mississippi Theater.War-date Letter Signed "P. Jos. Osterhaus" as Brigadier General, 1 page, 248 x 202 mm. (9 3/4 x 8 in.) from "Head Quarters 1st Div 15th AC", Woodsville, Alabama, 19 April 64, to Major R.R. Townes, Assistant Adjutant General, 15th Army Corps regarding cases before a military commission, in full: "The enclosed three Cases [not present[ are the last ones to be brought before the Military Commission and the Witnesses are ready. May I ask you to have them returned Tonight— The orderly bearing this is directed to return by next train and will take Charge of official Mail for these Head Quarters." Accomplished shortly before the beginning of the Atlanta Campaign. The cases were likely trials of captured Confederates in northern Alabama. Some minor ink feathering to signature, minor creasing and edge wear, usual folds with very slight separation at upper right margin as shown, else very good condition.(EXA 5126)
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