Union Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas 1857 Signed Order - Autograph

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Union Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas 1857 Signed Order - Autograph

129.99

Item No. 8067992

A nice copy of General Orders No. 6 for the year 1857, issued from the War Department on March 21, 1862. The order, printed on a single side only, is signed at the bottom by Union Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas. The order itself ordered the second abandonment of Fort Gibson in modern-day Oklahoma, while also reshuffling garrisons at other forts, including many on the frontier. These included Fort Washita, Fort Arbuckle, Fort Smith, Fort Monroe, Fort Hamilton, Fort Columbus, Fort Leavenworth, and Fort Riley.

The order measures about 4 1/2" x 7". The paper is in good sturdy condition, not stiff, and not particularly delicate. Minor wear to edges and corners, particularly along the left margin where the order was previously removed from binding. Little foxing or toning.

Biography: Thomas, Lorenzo, brigadier-general, was born in the state of Delaware in 1805. He was appointed from that state a cadet in the military academy at West Point Sept. 1, 1819, and on July 1, 1823, he was graduated and assigned to duty in the army as second lieutenant in the 4th infantry. He served in garrison at Cantonment Clinch, Fla., in 1824; in constructing a military road to St. Augustine, 1824-25; in the Creek Nation, Ga., 1825-26; in garrison again at Cantonment Clinch, 1827-28, and as adjutant of the 4th infantry at regimental headquarters from March 1, 1828, to Feb. 15, 1831, being commissioned first lieutenant in the 4th infantry March 17, 1829. He served on recruiting service, 1831-33, in the adjutant-general's office at Washington, D. C., from June 5, 1833, to Sept. 3, 1836, and did quartermaster duty in the Florida war, 1836-37, being commissioned captain in the 4th infantry Sept. 23, 1836. He served in the quartermaster- general's office in Washington, D. C., from Oct. 16, 1837, to July 7, 1838, being commissioned major and assistant adjutant- general on the last-named date. In the war with Mexico he was adjutant-general and chief of staff to Maj.-Gen. Butler, both while commander of a division of volunteers and commander of the army, and his experience and systematic administrative powers were conspicuous in the final movements and the withdrawal of the army in Mexico. Early in the Civil war he became adjutant-general of the army by succession, and was afterward especially assigned to the duty of organizing volunteer troops, particularly the colored regiments. He was commissioned brigadier-general on Aug. 3, 1861, brevetted major-general, U. S. A., on March 13, 1865, and having passed the age of sixty-two years he was placed on the retired list of the army in Feb., 1869. Gen. Thomas died at his residence in the city of Washington on March 2, 1875.

Source: The Union Army, vol. 8

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