Civil War General and Indian Fighter Alfred H. Terry Autograph Letter Signed

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Featured is a very scarce ALS written by Alfred H. Terry, four pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.25 x 8, March 12, 1871. Letter to General Thomas H. Ruger, in part: “I was sorry to be obliged to take three of your companies for South Carolina but things looked very badly there and yours were the only troops available. I hope to return them to you within a fortnight. I expect to send four companies of Cavalry to that state…Should they and the four companies of your regiment…be insufficient to preserve the peace, I will send a part of the 4th Infantry when it arrives. I expect the first installment of the Cavalry within three Days.” In fine condition, with partial separations to central vertical and horizontal folds. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in his own hand. I have only seen a handful of Terry letters over the years, and none with the quality of content and depth this one contains.

Union general (1827–1890) who fought at First Bull Run and Port Royale, and who, after the war, became commander of the expedition against the Sioux during which Custer met his end at Little Bighorn.

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