Negley, James S. (ON HOLD)

Major General (Vols) in Civil War, fought in Georgia & Tennessee, Penna. US Rep 1869-75 & 1885-87

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(1826-1901) Pennsylvania Civil War general, Congressman, railroadman, played key role in the Union victory at Murfreesboro. Served in a volunteer regiment, Company K of the Duquesne Greys, 1st Penna. Vols., during the Mexican-American War. After the War, he became a farmer. On April 19, 1861, he was appointed Brigadier General in the State Militia. He raised a brigade of volunteers and served under Robert Patterson in the Shenandoah Valley in 1861. Re-appointed Brigadier General (Vols.) Oct. 1, 1861, he was given command of the 7th Brigade in the Department of the Ohio. He commanded the Union expedition (raid) against Chattanooga during the Confederate Heartland Offensive, which proved to be a successful demonstration of the Army's ability to strike deep into the heart of Confederate territory. On Nov. 29, 1862, he was appointed Major General (Vols.) in command of the 8th Division, Army of the Ohio, which became the 2nd Division in Thomas' Center Wing of the XIV Corps at Stones River. On the 2nd day of fighting, he led a successful counterattack against Breckinridge on the Union left flank. He commanded his division during the Tullahoma Campaign and the Battle of Chickamauga. During the maneuvering preceding Chickamauga, his division, in the advance of Maj. Gen. Thomas's corps, was almost trapped in a cul-de-sac (McLemore's Cove), but command confusion in the Confederate Army of Tennessee allowed them to escape. After the Union defeat at Chickamauga, Negley, whose division became scattered during the 2nd day's fighting, was relieved of command, but acquitted of any wrongdoing during the battle. However, after serving on several administrative boards, he resigned in Jan. 1865. Fort Negley in Nashville, Tennessee, the largest stone inland fort built during the war (1862), was named after him. After the war, he was elected as a Republican to Congress serving 1869-75. He served on the board of managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers 1874–78. Re-elected to Congress in 1884, he served 1885-87. After retiring from politics, he engaged in railroading. Signed 3 x 6 slip, adds “Pittsburgh, Pa” under signature, likely while US Rep. Undated but ca. 1869.

Condition: Very good
Type:Signature






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