Lot 36: Civil War–dated ALS signed "U. S. Grant, Maj. Gen.," one page, lightly-lined, 7.75 x 9.75, October 14, 1863. Letter concerning a colonel wounded at the Battle of Shiloh. In full: "Col. P. J. Sullivan, late of the 48th Ohio Vols. is hereby authorized to remain within this Department and to practice his profession or engage in any business consistent with existing orders. This is to recommend Col. Sullivan to the Dist. & Port commanders for such facilities as are allowed to loyal men." Affixed at the left edge to a slightly larger cardstock sheet. In fine condition, with intersecting folds and light toning and soiling.Sullivan gallantly led a regiment of Ohio Volunteers in the Battle of Shiloh, where he had his left arm shattered by a musket ball. All together, he was wounded three times and had four horses shot out from under him. Although he was never able to return to battle, he did serve for a time as post commander at Memphis. Following the war, Grant recommended him for a brevet promotion to brigadier general. At this time Grant was amidst the Chattanooga Campaign as commander of the newly created Military Division of the Mississippi, bringing all of the territory from the Appalachian Mountains to the Mississippi River under a single commander for the first time.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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