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    [Battle of Altoona.] Group Relating to Captain James M. McClintock, US Signal Corps. A compelling assortment of letters, documents and ephemera relating to Captain James M. McClintock, Chief Acting Signal Officer of the US Signal Corps during the Battle of Altoona on October 5, 1864. Includes three correspondence letters addressed to McClintock, from 1864 and 1865, concerning the business of his position; a period list of signal abbreviations; three receipts signed by McClintock on Office of the Signal Officer letterhead, dated 1864; several handwritten period reports; a 1900s reprint photograph of the Captain in uniform, and most interestingly, a twelve and a half-page letter to James McClintock, from Second Lieutenant John Q. Adams, US Signal Corps, dated April 27, 1890, recounting the events at Altoona. In part: "On the memory of Oct 5 1864 we knew Altoona was to be attacked. A signal message was read the day before directing Gen Corse to reinforce Altoona. This had been done during the night...The flag was moved back to the station. It was shot full of holes - but was not shot down. A scrub oak tree standing inside the fort was literally stripped of its limbs."

    James M. McClintock was a Union officer from Ohio, who in January of 1862 joined the Signal Corps, rising to the rank of Captain and was appointed Acting Chief Signal Officer of the Army of the Tennessee. Throughout the span of the war, he served with U.S. Grant at Vicksburg, and W.T. Sherman at Atlanta and the March to the Sea. Born in 1839, Captain McClintock passed on March 25, 1921 in Vashon, Washington.

    Condition: The letters and ephemera show expected toning and soiling for the age. The battle letter shows weakening at the folds, and some frayed edges. Everything is highly legible.

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