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    Group of Eight Civil War Associated Documents Relating to Henry C. Koch, 24th Wisconsin, including one Signed by Major General P. H. Sheridan. Koch enlisted in Company "B" on August 15,1862, and was by trade an architect. His skills as a map maker were quickly recognized and he was detailed for the next three years to Sheridan's staff. The documents cover the period from May 3, 1864, to March 24, 1866, the date of the Sheridan letter. The letter is 7.75" x 9.75"on stationary of the Headquarters, Military Department of the Gulf in New Orleans, and, although written by a staff member, is signed by Sheridan. The letter of recommendation, sent to Koch after his discharge, acknowledges his "valuable services...in the Engineer department at my headquarters" and states that, "the maps of the different battle fields....executed by you reflect credit on the most experienced in your profession." Koch was one of the most important cartographers in the Union Army and many of his maps are included in the atlas of the 'Official Records". General Sheridan personally presented Koch with a brass compass after the battle of Stone River (see Heritage Auction #663 Item 72083), as a token of esteem for his valuable services.

    Also included is a 7.75" x 9.75" one page Autograph Letter Signed dated June 19th 1865 from Brigadier General George A. Forsyth, directing another commander to provide aid to Koch in completing his "surveys in the Shenandoah Valley" which "will be considered as a favor by Maj Genl Sheridan." Also included is Koch's discharge from the 24th Wisconsin dated June 1, 1865, and five other ink manuscript orders/letters, several under direct orders from Sheridan, detailing Koch's service and movement during the period. A few documents weak at the folds, but all very fine and the Sheridan signature is bright and crisp. Very nice group.


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