"Kit" Carson rare Civil War period signatureChristopher "Kit" Carson Signature "C. Carson", 4.25" x 2", excised from a larger document, n.d. (ca. 1865), n.p. In full: "Your obd. Servant/ C. Carson/ Brevet Brig "Gen. US Vols/ Commanding Battalion". American Frontiersman "Kit" Carson grew up in Missouri, but moved westward as a teenager. He made a living as fur trapper, but gained notoriety as John Fremont's guide in Oregon and California from 1842 through 1846. Novels were written about him as an action hero, making him into a legendary figure. After serving with Fremont in the Mexican War, he settled in New Mexico where he served as an Indian agent. When the Civil War broke out, he volunteered with the New Mexico volunteer infantry. He distinguished himself at the Battle of Valverde and in campaigns against western Indian tribes; and on March 13, 1865, he was given the rank of brevet brigadier general, the highest rank he would receive. He resigned his position in 1867 and became a rancher in Colorado until his death one year later. Carson signatures are very scarce; this Civil War period signature is on lightly-toned lined-paper and is in near fine condition.
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