• Presidents Lincoln, Johnson Promoted Wisconsin Civil War Soldier Paine, Who Lost His Leg At Port Hudson

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    HALBERT ELEAZER PAINE (February 4, 1826 – April 14, 1905) was an American lawyer and Republican politician. He served as a Union Army General during the American Civil War and after the war was elected to three terms in the United States House of Representatives, representing Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district.  When the war broke out, Paine entered the Union army as the colonel of the 4th Wisconsin Regiment.  President Abraham Lincoln appointed Paine brigadier general of volunteers on March 13, 1863. Paine led widespread actions in the Lower Mississippi, which took him into Louisiana. He was involved in the Vicksburg campaign, the capture of New Orleans, the Battle of Baton Rouge, and the Bayou Teche offensive. He took part in an assault on Priest Gap during the siege and Battle of Port Hudson in Louisiana. He suffered a wound that resulted in the amputation of his leg. After his recovery, Paine commanded troops in the defense of Washington, DC, during Jubal A. Early’s raid in 1864.  On December 11, 1866, President Andrew Johnson nominated Paine for appointment to the brevet grade of major general of volunteers. The U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment on February 6, 1867.


    One page, ALS, 8 x 10, Washington, DC, November 21, 1885, concerning the renewal of an insurance policy.


    Light toning and two spindle holes at the top. Fine bold signature.


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