General John Ellis Wool Autograph Letter Signed "John E. Wool". Two pages, 5" x 8", Troy, August 17, 1864, to E. C. Kent, Esq. An interesting letter about the Civil War written a year after he retired from the army, in part: "...if my suggestions had been heeded and acted upon we would escaped the rebel raid recently in Maryland and Pennsylvania, which has reflected so much disgrace on those who directed our military operations in and about Washington. What surprised me more than anything else, was, that a force of either ten, twenty, or thirty thousand men should have left Richmond and not to have been seen or heard of until they commenced plundering Maryland, etc..." Wool was an officer in three wars serving from 1812 until 1863. When the Civil War broke out, he was one of the four general officers of the U.S. Army and commanded the Department of the East. Included in this lot is a period steel engraving. The letter is in very good condition with some light staining, laid down at the corners to another sheet.

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