• Wesley Merritt, Meritorious Service At Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Campaign, Present At Lee's Surrender, Promises Article To Friend

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    WESLEY MERRITT (1836-1910) served in the Civil War and the Spanish-American War and was noted for his distinguished service in the cavalry.  He received nearly a dozen promotions during his service in the Civil War, concluding with Major-General.  He was aide-de-camp to Gen. John Cook, 1862-63, and to Gen. Stoneman in 1863.  He participated in Stoneman’s raid toward Richmond in April and May of 1863 and commanded the reserve cavalry brigade in the Pennsylvania campaign of 1863.  He was brevetted major U.S.A. for gallantry at Gettysburg and served in various engagements in Virginia. He was also recognized for gallantry at the battles of Yellow Tavern, Haw’s Shop, Winchester and Five Forks.  He was present at the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox.  After the war, he was employed on frontier duty until 1882 and was later superintendent of the U.S. military academy from 1882 to 1887.  He was appointed to command the forces in the Philippines in May 1898 and was a delegate to the United States peace commission at Paris in October 1898.


    One-page, ALS, 5 ¾ X 8 ½, on The Shoreham (hotel) stationary, Washington, DC, April 25th, 1899, to Mr. Riding. “Yr note recently received was mislaid and I have just found it on the eve of my departure from here to my station.


    “I will try to furnish the article which I have not forgot as soon as possible.


    “How soon will you want it?


    “Yours Sincerely,


    “Wesley Merritt”


    Bold signature. Light toning. Two small cello tape repairs at folds on verso.


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