JOHN POPE (March 16, 1822 – September 23, 1892) was a Union general in the Civil War. He had a brief stint in the Western Theater, but is best known for his defeat at the Second Battle of Bull Run. Pope is a graduate of the United Sates Military Academy in 1842. He served in the Mexican-American War. He was an early appointee as a Union brigadier general of volunteers and served initially under Maj. Gen. John C. Fremont. He achieved initial success against Brig. Gen. Sterling Price in Missouri and then led a successful campaign that captured Island No. 10 on the Mississippi River. This inspired the Lincoln administration to bring him to the Eastern Theater to lead the newly formed Army of Virginia. Following his failure at the Second Battle of Bull Run and his involvement in the Civil War, he fought in the Indian Wars.
Offering a bold Pope signature, 2 1/2 x 3 1/2, cut from a military document PSA/DNA graded and entitled “Headquarters Mil. Div. of the Missouri.” Encapsulated to a total size of 3” x 5 1/4.” “Fort Leavenworth, Kansas,” dated July 9, 1878 and boldly signed “Jn Pope,” as Brevet Major General, US Army Commanding.
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