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    Union General James B. McPherson War Dated Autograph Letter Signed "Jas. B. McPherson". 1½ pages (front and verso), 7.5" x 10", "Hd. Qtrs. Right Wing", Lagrange [Tennessee], November 26, 1862, to General Charles S. Hamilton, commander of the forces' left wing. In part, "...I would like to accommodate you in the exchange of the 12th Wisconsin Reg't... Gen'l McKean would like to have a portion of the troops from Iowa who have served with him... I will exchange the 3rd Brigade 4th Division... for the 3rd Brigade 6th Division... commanded by Col. Crocker. The strength of Col. Johnson's Brig. is about one hundred greater than Col. Crocker's but I am willing to make this sacrifice to accommodate your wishes, and it will give you two good Brigade Commanders in Johnson and Gresham..."

    McPherson graduated first in his class from West Point in 1853 (a class that included Phillip Sheridan and John Bell Hood) and served as chief engineer to General Grant in his advance through Tennessee. He received promotions to brigadier then to major general, both in 1862, and was given command of the XVII Corps where he distinguished himself in the Vicksburg Campaign. His army was in the right wing of Sherman's army during the Atlanta Campaign and McPherson was killed at the Battle of Atlanta on July 22, 1864, the highest-ranking Union officer killed during the Civil War. Expertly inlaid, the letter has original folds, else in very good condition.


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