Rousseau, Lovell H.

War date signature of the Kentucky unionist US Rep as Major General, accepted transfer of Alaska from Russia in 1867

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(1818-1869) Union general in Civil War, Kentucky and Indiana lawyer-politician. Became his family's primary breadwinner at 15 in Kentucky, passed Indiana bar exam in 1841, practiced law in Bloomfield. He raised a volunteer company in the Mexican-American War and was a captain at Buena Vista, where he helped rally Indiana troops at a key point in the battle. He served in the Indiana state senate, relocated to Louisville, and served in the Kentucky Senate 1860-61. He favored maintaining state government and helped keep Kentucky from seceding. He resigned his state senate seat in June 1861 and raised 2 regiments entirely of Kentuckians known as the Louisville Legion and with a battalion of the Louisville Home Guard saved Louisville from being captured by CSA troops. Appointed Colonel of the 5th Kentucky Volunteers Sept. 1861, promoted to Brigadier General of Volunteers under General Ormsby M. Mitchell. Promoted to Major General of Volunteers, he served valiantly at Shiloh, Stones River, Chickamauga, the Tullahoma Campaign, and at Chattanooga. While commanding at Nashville (Nov. 1863-Nov. 1865) he also, on Sherman's orders, carried out a successful raid on the Montgomery and West Point Railroad in July 1864. Rousseau was elected an Unconditional Unionist US Rep, serving 1865-66. In June 1866, relations between Rousseau and Iowa US Rep Josiah B. Grinnell became tense during a series of debates over a bill to give more power to the Freedman's Bureau. Rousseau opposed it having seen and heard about rebellious and illegal actions by Bureau agents; Grinnell strongly supported the bill as a former active abolitionist and aide to runaway slaves. The debates turned into mudslinging with Grinnell questioning Rousseau's military record, insulting his battle performance and with a few comments on Kentucky. On June 14, Rousseau approached Grinnell in the Capitol Building after a session and told him he was waiting for an apology; Grinnell pretended not to know what Rousseau was talking about, enraging Rousseau who struck him repeatedly with his cane until it broke. Grinnell suffered only bruises and was not absent from Congress at all. However, a committee investigated the incident and reprimanded Rousseau who resigned. He was elected back the same year to fill his own vacancy and continued to serve until 1867. On leaving Congress, he was appointed US Army Brigadier General and brevet Major General, assigned to duty in Alaska on March 27, 1867. General Rousseau accepted the transfer of Alaska from Russia to the US on Oct. 18, 1867, now "Alaska Day". On July 28, 1868, he was given command of the Department of Louisiana and died in New Orleans. 1 x 4 clipped signature from DS as Major General commanding 1st Division, 14th Army Corps (Army of the Cumberland); undated but 1863-64.

Condition: Very good
Type:Signature






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