Otis, Elwell S. (ON HOLD)

Led 8th Army in Manila Campaign, Philippines Military Governor 1899-1900

Price: $50.00

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(1838-1909) US Army officer in the Civil War, Indian Wars, the Spanish-American war, and the Philippine-American War. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1860, practiced law, then was appointed captain in the 140th NY Regt. and fought at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. On Dec. 23, 1864 he was promoted to Lieut. Colonel and at Spotsylvania assumed command of his regiment when its colonel was killed. He fought in all the battles of the Overland Campaign, and during the Siege of Petersburg, assumed command of the 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, V Corps, leading it at the Battle of Peebles' Farm where he was severely wounded. Promoted to Bvt. Brig. Genl. Vols., he eventually recovered, and was appointed Lieut. Colonel of the 22nd US Infantry in 1867. During the Indian Wars, he campaigned in Montana after the Battle of the Little Bighorn and on Feb. 8, 1880, was appointed Colonel of the 20th US Infantry. On Nov. 28, 1893, he was appointed Brig. Genl. in the regular army and commanded the Dept. of the Columbia and the Dept. of Colorado. On May 4, 1898, he was appointed Maj. Genl Vols., sent to the Philippines to reinforce General Wesley Merritt. Otis assumed command of 8th Army Corps replacing Merritt who became Military Governor of the Philippines. On Aug. 28, 1899 Otis was appointed Military Governor of the Philippines retaining 8th Corp command during the Philippine-American War. He led the Army during the 1899 Battle of Manila and during the 1st phase of the insurrection before fighting turned primarily to guerrilla warfare. He was relieved of command in 1900, returned to the US and commanded the Department of the lakes. He was appointed US Army Maj. Genl in 1906. A skilled general and administrator, he was generally disliked by subordinates and peers and received harsh treatment in the press. He was known as "Granny" because of his age and graying hair. 2 3/4 x 3 1/2 card signed as Major General US Vols, Manila, February 24 1899 (while 8th Army commander).

Condition: Very good, overall light toning, slightly darker toning at left and bottom edges
Type:Signed Card






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