Union General William Denison Whipple 1862 Signed General Order - Autograph

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Union General William Denison Whipple 1862 Signed General Order - Autograph

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Item No. 1611748

A nice copy of General Orders No. 27, issued from the War Department on March 21, 1862. The five-page order is signed on the last page by Union General William Denison Whipple as then-Assistant Adjutant General. Within two months, Whipple would be in the field serving on General Cadwallader's staff. As a newly-minted brigadier the following fall, Whipple would join General George Thomas as chief-of-staff, participating in most of the battles in the Atlanta Campaign with the Army of the Cumberland.

The order itself, which notified the troops about two new policies, is 5 pages and 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. Very little foxing or toning.

Biography: Whipple, William D., brigadier-general, was born in Nelson, Madison county, N. Y., Aug 2, 1826. He was graduated at the U. S. military academy in 1851, and on Sept. 9, of that year became second lieutenant in the 3d infantry. He took part in the Gila expedition against the Apaches in 1857, the Navajo expedition of 1858, and the defense of Fort Defiance, N. M., in 1860. He was promoted first lieutenant in Dec., 1856, and when the Civil war broke out was on quartermaster's duty at Indianola, Tex. After Gen. Twiggs' ignoble surrender to Gen Ben McCulloch in Feb., 1861, and the consequent cession of all U. S. military posts, Whipple managed to make his escape through the enemy's lines, reached Washington shortly afterward, was commissioned captain and assistant adjutant- general, and was present at the battle of Bull Run. He served at the headquarters of the Departments of Pennsylvania and Virginia until June, 1862, when he became lieutenant-colonel and additional aide-de-camp, serving in the Middle Department with the 8th corps, and was chief-of-staff to Gen. Cadwallader. He was appointed brigadier-general of volunteers July 17, 1863, assigned as chief-of-staff to Gen. George H. Thomas, and took part in the operations near Chattanooga, the battles of Missionary ridge, Resaca, Kennesaw mountain, siege of Atlanta, and Nashville Subsequently he was at the headquarters of the Department of the Cumberland. He received the brevets of brigadier- and major-general in the regular army March 13, 1865, for gallant conduct in the Atlanta campaign and the battles before Nashville, afterward served as assistant adjutant-general at the headquarters of various military divisions, and in 1873-81 acted as aide-de-camp to the general of the army He was promoted colonel in the adjutant-general's department Feb. 28, 1887. Gen. Whipple was retired from the service Aug. 2, 1890 and died April 1, 1902.

Source: The Union Army, vol. 8

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