Bates, John C.

1899 card signed as Major General of Volunteers while Military Governor of Cienfuegos, Cuba

Price: $75.00

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(1842-1919) Son of Lincoln's Attorney General 1861-64, US Army chief of Staff Jan.-Apr. 1906, one of the last (with Arthur MacArthur Jr.) Civil War veterans still on active US military duty at his retirement. Educated at Washington University in St. Louis, he was commissioned 1st Lieut. with the 11th Infantry and later became ADC to General Meade, becoming Bvt. Lieut. Colonel for gallant and meritorious service in operations resulting in the fall of Richmond and surrender of Lee's Army in April 1865. He later served on the Frontier, promoted to Major 1882, Lieut. Colonel 1886, and Colonel, 2nd infantry Regt. in 1892. In May 1898, he became Brig. Genl of an Independent Brigade consisting of the 3rd & 20th Infantry Regts. in the Spanish-American War and commanded a division of volunteers in the Philippines in the early stages of the Philippine-American War. He was Military Governor of Cienfuegos, Cuba in 1899, went that year to the Philippines where he conducted negotiations with the Sultan of Sulu. From 190001, he led the 1st Div., 8th Army Corps in operations against insurgents in southern Luzon then commanded that department. He commanded a provisional division in maneuvers at Fort Riley and commanded the Departments of the Missouri and the Lakes 190104 and later the Northern Division for a year before serving as the Army Chief of Staff 15 January-13 April 1906. During this time, he was promoted to Lieut. General, retiring from active service in April 1906. 3 3/4 x 2 1/2 card signed with sentiment as Major General of Volunteers, Headquarters, Dept. of Santa Clara, Cienfuegos (Cuba), January 27, 1899.

Condition: Very good, overall light toning
Type:Very good, overall light toning






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